20 March 2012

Nemesis, Being a Post Concerning Irrational Hatred

Nemesis, winged balancer of life,
dark-faced goddess, daughter of Justice

Bond had SPECTRE. Angel had Wolfram & Hart.

I have Marimekko.

Sure, it might not be (publicly, anyway) an organisation of criminal masterminds or defenders of evildoers working for their own secretive ends (although I would not be at all surprised if something like this turned out to be its true purpose). It is a design company.

Everyone in Finland is familiar with this company. Their 'Unikko' ('poppy') pattern is downright ubiquitous here.

And I just don't get it. I think their designs are incredibly ugly. Garish colours, overly simple motifs. They look like designs for little children, not for anyone with an ounce of aesthetic taste.

'Nemesis', in its original sense, was a 'spirit of divine retribution against those who succumb to hubris'. The name is derived from Greek 'nemein', literally 'to give what is due' (and originally this could be both good fortune and bad). Today of course it is mostly used simply as a synonym for arch-enemy. But there is an element of balance perhaps still there. A hero must have his nemesis. And the best nemeses in fiction, the ones truly deserving of the title, tend to arise from mistakes in the hero's past, or prey on them.

I honestly don't know what I've done to deserve such an assault on my senses, but it must be pretty horrendous. And I don't know what to do about it, really. Mostly I just wish they'd go away. But of course they won't. That's kind of the point of Nemesis.

18 March 2012

A Handful of Late Night Angsty Haiku

Friendship can't be found
At the bottom of a glass
But I'll drink to Night

At the end of each
Day of friends and make belief
Darkness waits, alone...

Night is the mirror
Of a solitary soul
Its beauty crushing

My beautiful Nyx
I worship thee with silence
But long for your kiss

Solitary life
My friend and my nemesis
Love, hate, both the same

The world's gone to bed
Funny how no one's around
When you're most alone

Longing - but for what?
This question I ask from Night
But it is silent

Bore my friends again
With angsty little haiku
If they're even read...

2 March 2012

A Couple More Free Albums

Following up on this post from January, here's a couple more neat artists with freely available albums I've discovered through Jamendo.

Gladius Noctis. I haven't found a lot of info about this band. Apparently they were from Poland, active around the turn of the millennium, and since split up. Their self-released album Croaton is pretty impressive, though. The sound could perhaps be described as instrumental folk metal, making heavy use of strings. (The album at Jamendo.)

Eternal Dream. This is a more recent band from Spain. They play symphonic power metal with female vocals, and their first full length album, The Fall of Salanthine, was released at the end of last year. It's a pretty high quality release considering they've made it available for free. (Website, with links to various streaming/download services.)

That's it till next time!