Sometimes we're not super-human without that special someone who brings out our full potential. And sometimes, we lose that someone. In fact, one of the most gruelling challenges a superhero can face is the loss of their sidekick. It can be for different reasons, but it's almost always an incredibly difficult thing to overcome.
I first got into Places after a pretty gnarly breakup, and it resonated incredibly strongly with me at the time. Nothing felt good, I wasn't me, and I definitely wasn't in control. It took a bit of time for the dust to settle and realise that I'd survived, and a lot of time to see it for the Victory! that it actually was. The superhuman feat here was making an awful situation into one of opportunity, to change the things in my life that didn't make me feel fulfilled and stop languishing in acceptance of the less savoury parts of being myself.
Places now represents a snapshot of a very strange time in my career being a human, and adopts a very bittersweet place on this playlist. It took a long time to be able to find a way to frame it as a track to Save the World! to, but now it's here, I couldn't imagine this playlist without it.
This week, remember that situations change with perspective, wounds heal, and things in your life that are hard to accept now will one day be distant memories. The Places you're in now might well be the Places you finally find yourself.
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About the curator - Matt Jenko
Matt Jenko is a university postgraduate and music producer with an unhealthy obsession with Rick & Morty and all things Game of Thrones. When he’s not in the studio (a rare occurrence these days), he’s fueling his passion for music either on the net or out in the real world. He likes being out in the nature (in the least strenuous capacity though, let’s be real here) and chilling with his cat, and he’s also pretty proud of his mammoth collection of books that he’s never read.
9 April 2019
Sometimes situations call for a total reassessment. Sometimes, ‘having faith’ and ‘staying the course’ become synonymous with getting yourself stuck in a big ol’ rut. Even when your gut is screaming ‘yo bro this ain’t RIGHT my dude’, you just dig your heels in and plough on. You know best, after all…
27 March 2019
The thing about works borne of pure creative passion is that they tend to take a lot to complete. This doesn’t just mean they take a lot of time (although time certainly accounts for a lot of the taking), they also take a lot of focused mental energy. This is the real sacrifice we have to make for our art…
19 February 2019
This week we’re going for a short and sweet entry, and I’ll just let the music do the talking – for once…