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    aught music: 2005: "what's in store?" by architecture in helsinki

    Around age 14 or 15—when I was first developing an identity as a music listener and collector—I thought of music as a window into adulthood, and I enjoyed listening to albums that I believed might provide some insight into the adult world (Paul Simon's Graceland is the one that first comes to mind). By the time I was in my late twenties and early thirties, I was living in Chicago, performing in a band, and beginning to make friends with people in other bands: I had begun to think of music as being something made by my peers. But now I'm 36, almost 37, and increasingly I think of music—especially pop music—as something that's made by "kids." Architecture in Helsinki's 2005 album, In Case We Die, is a personal milestone for me in this department: it was the first album I ever loved even though I knew, knew in my bones, that it was made by people substantially younger than me. It's slightly alarming to have lived long enough to have experienced this shift, but it doesn't make me like In Case We Die any less. In fact, the album embodies everything there is to like about young people: it's ambitious, creative, energetic, earnest, charismatic and sweet. Occasionally they reach for something that they can't quite achieve but the enthusiasm evident in the reaching is in and of itself enough to make my heart swell with adoration.

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    Saturday, September 19, 2009
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