Again, there are artists that you have an aesthetic connection with. This goes beyond plots and melodies. Very often you can actually see that in the cover, the concept or the track list. Luke Haines does that so effortlessly with his new album. Aesthetically, it hits me right where it should.
I’m also reminded of a Martin Amis essay on Nabokov in which he claimed that Humbert Humbert’s problem was not sexual, but rather aesthetic. It’s there that he is dysfunctional and distorted. And that is also true in the world outside art, in which we constantly crave for an aesthetic connection with people and things. Otherwise, we are not interested.
And rightly so.