"There is in all things a pattern that is part of our universe. It has symmetry, elegance, and grace - these qualities you find always in that the true artist captures. You can find it in the turning of the seasons, the way sand trails along a ridge, in the branch clusters of the creosote bush of the pattern of its leaves. We try to copy these patterns in our lives and in our society, seeking the rhythms, the dances, the forms that comfort. Yet, it is possible to see peril in the finding of ultimate perfection. It is clear that the ultimate pattern contains its own fixity. In such perfection, all things move towards death"
Three of my all-time favourite albums were released in 2000: Kid A, Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven, and Enslaved's Mardraum: Beyond the Within. I'll be lucky if I ever live to see another year of music that features as many releases as amazing as these three.