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the 2000s in the bedroom

the 2000s in the bedroom

Playing tracks by

Burial, Fever Ray, Air, Circlesquare, Boom Clap Bachelors and more.

People naturally point to September 11th as the launch pad to a cynical decade, but I don’t think we were ever going to make it through with our optimism intact. The pageantry of the eighties had been muted by the nineties, when an ethos shared by hip-hop and grunge cultures declared selling out to be the ultimate sin and made it almost shameful for an artist to entertain. Rather than escapist fantasy, music culture became a sort of blueprint, if not an infomercial, for a lifestyle only slightly out of reach from its socially ambitious followers. A detachment from the industry also unleashed a new intimacy and creative control for a generation of songwriters, with isolation replacing love as music’s new ghost in the machine.