Years & Years and Religious Subversion

The idea for this post came to me immediately after my first listen of Years and Years’ sophomore album, Palo Santo, which was released at the beginning of July. However, I thought it best to allow the music to marinate in my mind for a little while longer, and allow the ideas explored on the album to…

Princess Mononoke: Our Relationship with Nature

Miyazaki’s masterpiece explores the turbulent relationship between man and the natural world. When I first stumbled upon Studio Ghibli, I was immediately taken aback by the style, and tone of its tales. Unlike its Western counterparts, these epics deal with conflicts of ideals, and question the resilience of the human condition. Hayao Miyazaki, the powerhouse…

What Makes a Magritte?

My first encounter with the Belgian surrealist, Rene Magritte, was a special one. I took a class in my second year of college entitled “Cultural Studies: Modern French Culture”, unbeknownst to its content. I expected a regimen of study centered around everyday French life;  such things as political influence or social behavior came to mind. However,…

Interview: BLOCK

“There’s a change happening in Cork – you can even see it with the graffiti around the city. It’s very far out to say, but the first sign of a movement in a city is when art starts to come to the surface. Something has to happen, something has to overflow.” When Sir Henry’s shut…

Kesha’s ‘Rainbow’ – A Return to Color

When Kesha burst onto the scene in 2010, she wasn’t singing hymns about finding your true self, or the journey one must go on. She was singing party-animal anthems about the hedonistic lifestyle of a 20-something year old in the 00’s. Formerly stylized as Ke$ha, the singer garnered herself an infamous reputation as pop’s number…