Because this new video for Brooklyn duo She Keeps Bees’ single Is What It Is just drips with melancholy. Featuring fellow Brooklynite and solo singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten on backing vocals, this is a rather lovely piece of stripped-down balladry from She Keeps Bees.
Their album, Eight Houses, is due out in the US on 16 September and on 26 September in Europe.
But why does the ethicist use irony as his incognito? Because he comprehends the contradiction between the mode in which he exists in his inner being and his not expressing it in his outer appearance. The ethicist certainly becomes open insofar as he exhausts himself in the tasks of factual actuality, but the immediate person also does this, and what makes the ethicist an ethicist is the movement by which he inwardly joins his outward life together with the infinite requirement of the ethical, and this is not directly apparent. In order not to be disturbed by the finite, by all the relativities in the world, the ethicist places the comic between himself and the world and thereby makes sure that he himself does not become comic through a naive misunderstanding of his ethical passion. […] The ethicist, however, is sufficiently ironical to be well aware that what engages him absolutely does not engage the others absolutely. He himself grasps this misrelation and places the comic in between in order to be able more inwardly to hold fast the ethical within himself. Now the comedy starts, because people’s opinion of a person like that will always be: for him nothing is important. And why not? Because for him the ethical is absolutely important: in this he is different from the generality of people, for whom so many things are important, indeed, almost everything is important—but nothing is absolutely important.
Søren Kierkegaard, Concluding Unscientific Postscript (via wellareyou)