Nihilistic Chill Out Music by #100YearsOfSadness

Where I am located right now, it’s raining cats and dogs. Dismal weather to travel in. Gray. And this four-song EP by downtempo electronic duo #100YearsOfSadness touches a nerve made sensitive by all this damp dreariness.

What this Philippines-based band does is lend musicality to a decidedly nihilistic view of relationships. What with sultry female vocals, Japanese spoken word phrases, toned-down pseudo trap beats, and the cold clammy virtual instrumentation, this is a sarcastic response to every cheesy February 14 aphorism you’ve ever heard. And it is gorgeous. (Or kawaii, if you prefer to be hipstery.) But never in that cloying Zooey Deschanel way.

They tag their music and their Mixcloud mixes with the tag “J-Wave” (for Japan) and “Future Retro Japan” both of which make a lot of sense. There is cuteness and light side-by-side with a threat of tentacle hentai in this music.

So thank you, #100YearsOfSadness for making this post-summer, post-drought, post-love weather better.

#100YearsOfSadness is a project of Alva Presbitero of Small Hands and Game Theory, alongside Tomi Uysingco of KLMBRNG and Cult Shit Media Blackout. Their EP is released on Diagnostic Records Manila.

LINKS:

#100YearsOfSadness on Soundcloud

#100YearsOfSadness on Facebook

#100YearsOfSadness on Mixcloud

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3 thoughts on “Nihilistic Chill Out Music by #100YearsOfSadness

  1. Thanks for sharing this music! My students and I were talking about whether or not Nietzsche was a nihilist/expresses nihilistic beliefs in class the other day. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what nihilism is if you’re interested in saying something more about that…

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    1. Not having read any Nietzsche, I can’t say whether he did express nihilistic beliefs or whether that’s more of an opinion that historians have piled on his work. But to me, nihilism is an expression of the hollowness, the meaninglessness of life, that after we die, that’s it. In that manner, it’s a rejection of morals and after-life scenarios. We die, we’re gone. I used the term to describe the music of #100YearsOfSadness because it seemed pretty doom-ridden, in that skeptical, cynical way that screams nihilism. ;)

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      1. …”nihilism is an expression of the hollowness, the meaninglessness of life, that after we die, that’s it. In that manner, it’s a rejection of morals and after-life scenarios. We die, we’re gone.” This was pretty much what we were talking about.

        Nietzsche has been interpreted in lots of different ways, but my take on him is that in believing that there may not be anything after death, he was affirming life, that he wasn’t saying we should be immoral but that we should transcend concepts of judgment/guilt/good/bad, etc., and that the possibility of nothing after death gives life increased value rather than meaninglessness.

        So he essentially showed me that these concepts don’t have to be so connected as they might be when seen through a nihilistic lens…

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