Categories
Music

In Retrospect: Frank Ocean’s Nostalgia

★★★ February 16 marks the tenth anniversary of the debut mixtape from Frank Ocean Nostalgia, Ultra. Ocean, whose real name is Christopher Breaux, released the mixtape promotion-less to his Tumblr account for fans to stream for free. Such an introduction to the music industry is representative of Ocean’s independent and self-assured approach to his craft, […]

Categories
Lifestyle

Born in the wrong fashion generation

In these challenging times, it is an unsurprising (if not instinctual) reaction to long for a different reality. Naturally, we find ourselves looking nostalgically to the past and dreaming about a different way of life, reminiscing about feelings of stability and comfort. Having been boxed inside for almost a year has made us want to […]

Categories
Lifestyle

Fashion nostalgia: the clothes that made me

I hold a lot of memories in my clothes. I can tell you exact outfits that I wore on holiday, jumpers that I would keep for swimming training, t-shirts that I wouldn’t want to ruin so I would keep them permanently folded in my wardrobe. There are truly so many pieces that I love. However, […]

Categories
Comment

World War nostalgia related to Brexit is dishonest

Alone against the world, we guarded our island fortress with heroism and stoicism. Six long years of wartime suffering, shortages and existential threat were born without complaint by this hardy, island nation. Surely the machinations of Donald Tusk will not dent our armour? This narrative, replete with millenarian and masochistic yearnings for some national character-building, […]

Categories
Voices

Finding solace in nostalgia when making cross continental journies

I attempt at adjusting myself to a comfortable position in my constricted economy class seat. As I somehow manage to make enough room for my legs and rucksack, I realise that my only source of entertainment for the next twelve hours is a remarkable view of a sea of people, embarking on new beginnings, squirming about […]

Categories
Music

Don’t Let Nostalgia Ruin Your Music… Or Your Life

During the latter half of the noughties, I entered my teenage years and, much like a good proportion of angsty youths, I got obsessively into rock music. And metal. And punk. I got infatuated with anything that featured throat-splitting vocals and down-tuned guitars. My life became a montage of angry sounding music that was made […]

Categories
Cult Column Film

Cult Column: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

As the sinister synth theme music, and the image of Johnny Depp in a crop top (in his first film role), play out during A Nightmare on Elm Street, it seems easy to understand the success of recent nostalgic ’80s outputs such as Stranger Things (2016-present), It (2017), and Ready Player One (2018). Perhaps we […]

Categories
Film

Cinema: haunted by the angels of its past

Reading this feature will feel like a predictable trip down memory lane. It won’t be the first article anyone has read that wags a finger at modern cinema’s exhaustive, almost cliched, use of nostalgia. Everyone has experienced it. The collective cooing whenever R2-D2 mutters some more electronic garble in a Star Wars movie, or the […]