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The biggest problem I have with music journalism is that the “articles” simply don’t last. The latest controversy and their subsequent reaction pieces are forgotten within two weeks. Alee Karim’s review of Ludicra’s The Tenant didn’t merely matter at the time of its publishing, it’s grown more meaningful with every passing year. He nails the sound of the album and the band to a T, but his greater achievement is in connecting the music to the unending fight that the American creative faces every day. The “savagery of urban life” that Karim and Ludicra described in their art was especially rough in 2010 as the country was coming out of The Great Recession [Did it ever end? - Ed.], but it’s a problem that is very real for anyone who wants to both pay their rent and satisfy the right half of their brain. The environment that Karim pulls us into isn’t merely San Francisco circa 2010; it’s every city where its inhabitants struggle to survive, where quality of life is inversely proportional to the quantity of art produced.

—Avinash Mittur

Read: ‘Ludicra - The Tenant’

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