Charlie Bertsch / 04 Dec 2019

Britain in Fragments

Lee Gamble’s Exhaust

Lee Gamble’s new almost-LP, Exhaust, is not easy to like. Every time one of its eight tracks seems to settle into a groove, it suddenly darts off in a different direction. The patterns that do repeat are usually too complicated to remember before the record has been played many times over. (...)

Charlie Bertsch / 18 Sep 2019

Lost in the Wilderness

Wolfgang Voigt’s Germany

When I was little, my German grandfather used to complain that American woodlands were not properly managed. At the time, I figured that this was just another one of his button-pushing remarks, designed to lure people into the sort of debate he loved. (...)

Charlie Bertsch / 05 Apr 2019

Exploding German Identity Politics

Rammstein’s Deutschland

The hysteria was predictable. Posing as both concentration camp inmates and their Nazi executioners, the video for Rammstein’s new song “Deutschland” was destined to infuriate one demographic, just as selecting a black actress, Ruby Commey, to personify Germania, was bound to piss off another.(...)

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