so glad I purchased this awaited album. Zoo Eyes immediately stood out to me on first listening. its pacing and care-free irony. I recalled Berger's essay in About Looking on Animals. Why look at animals?
"The zoo cannot but disappoint. The public purpose of zoos is to offer visitors the opportunity of looking at animals. Yet nowhere in a zoo can a stranger encounter the look of an animal. At the most, the animal’s gaze flickers and passes on. They look sideways. They look blindly beyond. They scan mechanically. They have been immunized to encounter, because nothing can any more occupy a central place in their attention. Therein lies the ultimate consequence of their marginalization… This historic loss, to which zoos are a monument, is now irredeemable for the culture of capitalism"
thank you for this.
Favorite track: Zoo Eyes.