Light. Nation. Land. (At Point Robinson, Vashon Island.)
Fifty-five words each on culture, education, and politics.
Film of 2011: Higher Ground, directed by Vera Farmiga
Religious faith. Religious skepticism. Stunning performances from Vera Farmiga and Dagmara Dominczyk. Soulful Protestant hymns. Complexity of contemporary Christian faith. Struck more personal chords than any other film this year. Underappreciated.
Honorables: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Skin I Live In, Tabloid, Insidious
Song of 2011: “Hardliners” by Holcombe Waller
Perfect, poignant pop.
You act like there’s no one left alive in the whole city.
Well, maybe the end is upon you, and what then?
Here, repeat after me:
“I won’t stop loving. I won’t stop loving.”
Honorables: “17” (Youth Lagoon), “Modern Age” (Exit Music).
Album of 2011: The Year of Hibernation by Youth Lagoon
Melody, texture, poetry, simplicity. Trevor Powers crafted beautiful debut masterpiece from home in Boise, Idaho. Electric piano, light guitar, drum machine, and eerie vocals that recall Neil Young and Herbert the Pervert from Family Guy. It all works.
Honorables: Holcombe Waller, James Blake, Daft Punk.