Here’s the thing about the Invisible Corners. Transitory spaces that live in the corners of our eyes. In the corners of your room, in every street corner. They’re there, but if you don’t pay adequate attention, they will never show their true intentions to you. I didn’t pay enough attention to this project over the last two years, but this changes today.
So why not begin with a straightforward question, even if a rhetoric one? What have you been up to lately? Not the best opener, but still a good one. It makes people talk; talk about their passion, their weekend, their loved ones, whatever is in their mind.
I binge watched the fifth season of “Peaky Blinders” last week. It still keeps that odd but entertaining mix of 1930s England along with modern tunes, but it fell flat for me because of tackling complex subjects (Religious persecution in Great Britain, fascism) in such a short span of time. While I enjoy TV shows with short seasons, six was a bit too little this time.
Still on the British side of things, I tried giving a shot to “The King” on Netflix. Maybe it’s my intimacy with the source material or the lack of interest in another drama based upon another king I couldn’t give less of a fuck, I dropped halfway through. It is gripping in parts, but then again, monarchs, who needs them? Not a Brazilian for sure.
Thankfully, the gaming and music side of things picked up steam. After I finished the super/sad/prophet drama “Disco Elysium”—a fine craftsmanship of words wrapped together in a believable world—I gave another go at Mistover. The Korean RPG does exploration justice in a way few do. Intense fights, misery, the dungeon crawling experience I enjoy. Might have to write more about it later.
Other than that, I am going through what might be the most anticipated wargame in a long time, “Unity of Command 2”. Tomislav Uzelac’s take on the western front is proving to be just as well designed and captivating as its previous entry based on the eastern front. Even if light on historical accuracy (a fool’s errand in video games), it doesn’t pander into the narrative of “US forces were a force to behold and carried the western front on their own”. Great mix of units both on North Africa and Sicily makes the game’s strongest point—its attrition and supply system—something worthy of more investigation. It’s still is easy to pick up and play, even if you’re not well familiarized with wargames.
The music side is light this year. Yes, I will use the excuse of being 30 and not having enough time to find new bands. And, no, I will not go to Pitchfork or “insert your favorite website or YouTube channel”, sorry. Therefore, I am delighting myself with the new Makeup and Vanity Set, “Breaking News”. along with revisiting 2017’s Arve Henriksen “The Art of Irrigation”.
“Breaking News” is, as expected, peak Makeup and Vanity Set. The album opens with “The Man Appears” and expands is the sense of urgency with “No Survivors”. Heavy use of synthesizers backed with the premise of late-night news makes it very haunting and bring backs awful memories. One of my earlier memories of watching the news was a bombing that happened in the Balkans. I was too young to understand what was happening, but the destroyed building is an image that stuck with me after all this time.
Arve’s work, while it doesn’t recreate awful memories, is just as haunting. The Japanese and I dare to say, Middle Eastern Influence in his work hits a high stride in “The Art of Irrigation”. It’s haunting, powerful and you should savor in small doses. Slåk still leaves a strong lasting impression in me.
Now you wonder, will this be the foundation of Invisible Corners? Well, it is my best take so far. It will evolve, it will find new avenues, more themes. But for now, enjoy my weekly recommendations. Perhaps you might find something worthwhile.
Last modified: November 11, 2019