[…] Alex represents the unconscious: man in his natural state. After he is given the Ludovico ‘cure’ he has been ‘civilized’, and the sickness that follows may be viewed as the neurosis imposed by society. Stanley Kubrick

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Warlock // Iron Banner

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Warlocks have long studied the Traveler, mastering some of its arcane energies. Its true purpose still remains a great mystery, but discovering truth has always driven you into the unknown.

Space Wizards… My class of choice.


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David Bowie - Wild is the Wind (1976)

Though intrinsically linked to Bowie’s very real cocaine addiction, there was certainly still an element of performance in The Thin White Duke persona. “Wild Is the Wind” is one of multiple songs from Station to Station which showcases Bowie’s exploration of his deepening croon. Bowie’s vocal delivery of the song sounds like an impassioned lover’s plea, with his voice moving from tender whisper to the outer reaches of the powerful vibrato he would continue to employ throughout his career. The cover is Bowie’s tribute to Nina Simone’s version of the song, which she had first recorded fifteen years earlier in 1959.

The heartfelt crooner, however, seems to be just another Bowie pose. The Thin White Duke’s assault on love in “Station to Station” could not allow for earnest sentiment in his world. The persona was not just a character, but also a conscious representation of artifice and hollowness. Bowie’s delivery says more about his tight vocal control than it does his heart, as he manipulates his voice to create a moment of performative emotion on what is truly his darkest album.

This promotional film was recorded in 1981, five years after the song was released. Though the video itself does not reveal much about David Bowie in the 1970s, it is an extremely beautiful piece of film to accompany one of Bowie’s most beautiful performances. And I feel very justified in indulging in just the simple beauty of an artist who puts as much of an emphasis on aesthetics and surface as David Bowie does.

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