We’ve always had a tendency to lean towards sad songs and sad music because we find it far from sad - we find it enlightening.
…I think, as a human, you can use it as a way to deal with lots of other things. The way you use nostalgia to quantify how you’re feeling sad about a place you’ve been to or something you don’t understand anymore - something that’s missing. I think it’s really important because it connects everything sometimes. So, even though the initial response is ‘wow, that’s quite sad,’ it’s still something you go back to because it gives you something else.
A charge sheet from Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja’s (Massive Attack) grafitti days.
Oh, and did it escape my attention that in the middle of this frenzy of atomsforpeaceness, I saw a really great Massive Attack show? It was the Adam Curtis exhibit, their music to his visuals. I recorded this bit of Karmacoma, which I think was the only song Daddy G came out on. It was mostly 3D, Horace Andy, and Elizabeth Fraser, who were all behind very large, transparent screens, reminiscent of the Flying Lotus set up.
There are other videos on my YouTube as well, if you’re so interested.
Massive Attack vs. Adam Curtis @ParkAvenueArmory
What is Massive Attack V Adam Curtis?
Get a clue from Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja (better known as 3D):
“It’s difficult to describe… there’s no real word for it. It’s really down to the audience to decide what it is.”
Robert Del Naja (3D)
Ivor Novello Awards - 2009