Here at The Key, we spend a lot of time digging through every new release from Philadelphia that shows up on Bandcamp. Periodically, we’ll check in to present you with the most interesting, most unusual and overall best of the bunch: this is Items Tagged Philadelphia.
Hoo-boy. It’s been quite the dumpster fire of a month since we last spoke, has it not? Without getting bogged down into a depressing litany of current events (shootings, rulings, retirements that we all knew were coming but will nonetheless reshape the country in bleak ways for like, what, DECADES or something), let me just say that the every-day-something-else pace we’re at has me running low on energy and on words with which to address it all. And then I think about the fact that I’m a privileged enough person that running low on words and energy are the biggest ways in which I’m affected by the state of the world, and not, IDK, like having MY FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS UNDER ATTACK, and I think about my friends who are in that place and I feel even lower.
It’s a maddening time to be alive — but we are alive, we have that much, and we also have music. Music is the great constant; it’s there to channel and reflect anger, it’s there to echo despair, it’s there to uplift, it’s there to soothe, it’s there to enlighten. And while no single one of these nine new releases from Philadelphia that I found on Bandcamp this month does all of those things, all of them do at least one of those things.