Another Kind of Revolution

Pitchfork - 02-19


Americans often romanticize Europe—those short workweeks and stunning landscapes, their accessible health care. What the United States appears to have in youthful spirit, Europe makes up for in art history, afternoon wine, and a sustainable arts ecosystem. But romanticizing any place that consists of so many complex societies strips it of its more textured—and often troubled—history. That’s why songwriters like Spain’s Elena Setién and her Thrill Jockey debut, Another Kind of Revolution, feel so enticing. Revolution—political, personal, environmental—has been a constant for Setién; at their best, these songs show those scars, a reminder that no country is all cobblestones and pastries.