After a tranquil visit to an Icelandic church yesterday it’s time to dive back into the global madness of 2016 with this track from Jean-Michel Jarre’s excellent Electronica 2 album.
It’s a second album of collaborations featuring many fine songs with the likes of Gary Numan, Pet Shop Boys, Julia Holter, The Orb, Primal Scream. For me, I put Jarre in the same category as Numan in that they changed music radically, were largely derided at the time for their commercial success and only recently are now hailed in hindsight as the pioneers they were all along. The Oxygene/ Equinox / Magnetic Fields trilogy is one I often return to.
This track is a project with Edward Snowden that, you guessed it, focuses on data and surveillance. To further add to its edgy sense of paranoia, let us reflect on who is going to be in charge of the NSA from January 20th…
” Saying that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide, is no different to saying that you don’t care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to say…”
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