Year in Pop: 2016
Compiled select interviews & insights from 2016’s Week in Pop editions at a glance.
| December 30, 2016
Proudly presenting some select highlights and standouts from this year's Week in Pop: 2016 features with our annual Year in Pop review edition; photograph by Sjimon Gompers.
All the latest from NYC’s Yuzima; press photo courtesy of the artist.
Having given us the insta-albums BASH and Behemoth, NYC’s wizard of noise & evolving consciousness Yuzima presents a listen to his latest cycle Living Off The Land. From this three track cycle of challenges and uncertainty, Yuz embraces the unknown of the void in the hopes for something greater, from the market of sold souls & Beelzebub-fuzz portraits of oppressor-men on “Atheist”, to pursuits of better politics, freedom, & happiness on “Would It Be Okay” to the big feudal “Living Off The Land” that turns sharecropping opportunities into dystopian symptoms of the current era. A complex artist who lives unbound through expressions of intricacies, paradoxes, that all embrace the places, peoples, cultures, and spaces that people have disregarded or long since abandoned. Yuzima shared the following thoughts about the making of his latest insta-album:
“Living off The Land” is about seeing the future like a prophecy. That’s why I sing about seeing the boats coming up on the shore. That’s a reference to Native Americans. It’s about the seeds that were sown hundreds of years ago. I’m taking all of the elements of rock and roll and speaking a modern language. Speaking to what’s happening now and what’s to come. There’s even a line “You bought the guns on the rock and roll tour” about violence in music—there was a shooting at a rap concert last week—so it’s prophetic.
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