While listening to "Upplyst," the lead single from Malmö producer Bam Spacey's forthcoming 1998 LP—newly up for preorder before it comes out October 14th, via Ceremony in the US and Luxury in Scandinavia—I started scanning the Wikipedia entry for the album's titular year, and I have to say the combination is making me profoundly unhappy. Sorry! I feel really vulnerable lately! You'll see what I mean. "Upplyst" translates, I believe, to "Enlightened," but the combination of bassy churn, the clenched strings and reading umpteen gratuitous things people do/have done is making me feel like someone turned off all the lights. Stream below, and download the song here, then read on to see some select Wiki clips.
Stream: Bam Spacey, "Upplyst"
January 4 – Wilaya of Relizane massacres of 4 January 1998 in Algeria: Over 170 are killed in 3 remote villages.
January 6 – The Lunar Prospector spacecraft is launched into orbit around the Moon, and later finds evidence for frozen water, in soil in permanently shadowed craters near the Moon's poles.
January 28 – Gunmen hold at least 400 children and teachers hostage for several hours, at an elementary school in Manila, Philippines.
February 3 – Cavalese cable car disaster: a United States Military pilot causes the deaths of 20 people near Trento, Italy, when his low-flying plane severs the cable of a cable-car.
February 28 – A massacre in Likoshane, FR Yugoslavia starts the Kosovo War.
March 2 - In Austria, Natascha Kampusch is abducted by Wolfgang Priklopil (she will remain in his captivity until August 2006).
March 13 – The High-Z Supernova Search Team becomes the first team to publish evidence that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate.
March 26 was too fucked up so I want to stop.