Author: Charlie Bertsch
Charlie Bertsch is the co-director of Souciant.com. He teaches literature and humanities at the University of Arizona.

“Why should I worry about deviating from the masses when I am also me and myself? Am I not a mass? Am I not already a collective? Do I not contain multitudes?”  (More…)

Two Saturdays ago, while listening to Bandcamp’s stream of New & Notable releases, a track suddenly pulled me out of my distracted state.  (More…)

Hamburg-based record label Glitterbeat provides a beacon of hope, not only for music lovers tired of hearing endless iterations of the tried-and-true, but for anyone who believes unapologetic cosmopolitanism is our only gateway to a brighter future. (More…)

It’s not easy for popular music to surprise these days. And it’s even harder for it to pull off that feat without becoming perverse or pretentious in the process. (More…)

America on Fire captures a time that simultaneously feels like a distant past and an endless present. (More…)

Next to the Sex Pistols and the Clash, the Buzzcocks were probably the most important British punk band. And, although they never attained the international notoriety of those other groups, they were in many ways the most influential of all. (More…)

Baptism of Solitude, the sumptuous new album by Illuminine, came at the perfect time for me. (More…)

These days, even avant-garde musicians are angling for the patronage of television and videogame franchises, not to mention TikTok stars. (More…)

If one of the tracks made by Berlin-based DJ and producer Lamin Fofana came up while you were listening to a playlist, you might well take it for arty electronica, deeply compelling on its own terms. (More…)