"To be truly radical is to make hope possible, rather than despair convincing." - Raymond Williams

Dark Optimism – The Album

by Shaun Chamberlin on February 18th, 2017

Because why not?

I have a passion for tracking down that elusive rarity – eco-songs that don’t suck! And thanks to several Dark Optimism readers, my collection’s growing, from a wide range of genres.

Back in 2011, I published the first ‘Dark Optimism album’, but sadly it was lost due to my using an external MP3 player which later disappeared. Hit play below for the 2017 edition, with a few more recent favourites added to the mix:

Honourable mentions also to these pieces from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Akala and RapNews, each brilliant in their own way, but not quite hitting the spot for this collection. Enjoy!

And any more songs (or other creative responses) that you’d like to share greatly welcomed in the comments below.

  1.  Dalvin says:
    19 February, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Take a listen to “(nothing but) flowers” by The Talking heads.
    It may fit the criteria for your album.

  2.  Shaun Chamberlin says:
    19 February, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Ah, thanks Dalvin – yes, I know that one well! V interesting song 🙂

  3.  William says:
    7 August, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    One that comes immediately to mind is Alice Phoebe Lou – She

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