Sounds Like Now

“Populism…is the buzzword of the twenty-first century,” according to Dutch sociologist Cas Mudde, its best-known analyst. But that’s largely due to our misunderstanding it, he claims. (More…)

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Listening to IDLES’ forthcoming live LP, A Beautiful Thing – not to mention the albums that preceded it,  Joy as an Act of Resistance (2018) and Brutalism (2017) is by turns exhilarating and exhausting. (More…)

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From its opening moments, the new Border Control EP from Bristol dubstep legend Pinch channels the time when that culturally and geographically eccentric city in the western United Kingdom felt like the centre of the universe. (More…)

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For Burdened and Bright Light will no doubt confuse many listeners accustomed to mainstream popular music. (More…)

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When I was little, my German grandfather used to complain that American woodlands were not properly managed. At the time, I figured that this was just another one of his button-pushing remarks, designed to lure people into the sort of debate he loved. (More…)

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Do you ever get the feeling that you’re living through some kind of crazy dystopian novel? (More…)

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War films are the new chic. The most common setting being the Second World War, they’re the perfect genre for Brexit-era flag-waving exercises. It’s no surprise and no coincidence. (More…)

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Fascism is the order of the day. One might confuse it with populism, or that the two are somehow vying for supremacy. (More…)

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For the last six months, populism has been the only game in town. If it’s not Salvini it’s been Salvini. Not only was the topic over-reported. Predictions of his triumph were wrong. (More…)

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