TUNE Holy '57 - Cambridge, MA
"Cambridge, MA" explores the digital labyrinths of our times.
It’s about the sense of exhaustion, suffocation, and anxiety provoked by living in a world that seems so beholden to ceaseless neoliberalism and its colonial history, ideologies that are now embodied in the digital realm.
I've often doubted myself and asked how I can truly espouse anti-colonialist values when I live in (and contribute to, even simply by virtue of being a commodifiable entity) a complex networked society deeply embroiled in colonial and neoliberal histories and institutions. It's a tension I also often feel between my Indian familial heritage and the fact that I'm a born and bred British citizen, given Britain’s colonial history in India. I think the digital world can exacerbate these tensions, with the constant flow of messages online competing with one another for attention – each one simultaneously seeming so important yet so ephemeral.
It feels as important as ever to stand unflinchingly for decolonisation and antiracism. It's eerie how the song’s themes feel even more relevant now than when I wrote it almost two years ago. There is so much essential activism taking place on the issues at stake right now, which has my full support. I know, for me, it’s easy to get lost in the digital labyrinth, so I think it’s all the more important that I instead find ways of translating these issues into sustainable practice in my everyday, local communities.