To get via the pandemic, the author Hanif Abdurraqib has relied on “unhappy bangers”: “songs whose lyrics of grief, anxiousness, craving or another gentle or nice darkness are washed over with an upbeat tune, or a refrain so infectious that it might probably weave its approach into your mind with out your mind taking inventory of no matter emotional injury it carries with it.” Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Coronary heart” is a tragic banger, he writes in The Instances Journal’s annual music subject. So are Robyn’s “Dancing on My Personal” and Lil Nas X’s “Misplaced within the Citadel.”
Music that conveys a number of, contradictory emotions has been treasured these previous few years. Uncertainty has been fixed, optimism tempered by warning, anticipation combined with worry. Thank goodness, then, for songs that let us to dwell and even delight within the liminal state between OK and never OK. Such a track, Abdurraqib writes, “will get past binary feelings and unlocks a multilayered fullness that may, relying on the track, contain dancing, and crying, and longing, and stumbling out of some dive bar midtune to textual content or name the individual you in all probability shouldn’t.”
I label my playlists by month and use them like a diary, to maintain a report of a selected second. A month or a 12 months or a decade down the road, I can cue up a playlist and be returned, briefly, to that second in time, to its distinctive matrix of emotions and impulses. My playlists from the previous couple years are teeming with unhappy bangers, songs that I may dance and sing to, drive and weep to. Previous songs like “True Religion” by New Order (March 2020). Newer ones like Olivia Rodrigo’s “good 4 u” (July 2021).
I’m wondering what’s going to turn out to be of our pandemic playlists years from now. Will we be inclined to revisit them? Will we need to re-experience what Abdurraqib calls “the minute-by-minute emotional contradictions of this period”? Or will we depart them to historical past, fossils from a time we’d favor to overlook?
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Supply: NY Times