Album of the Week: Peter Oren’s Anthropocene

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“There’s no separating art from reality,” says Peter Oren, introducing his new album, Anthropocene, out now via Western Vinyl. He continues:

The reality is that our politics are guided by our emotions, and music has the capacity to demonstrate those emotions, at least on an individual level. And if you can talk to someone on an individual level, you might be able to have a more useful conversation than if you’re talking to a roomful of people.

The twenty-five-year-old, Indiana-born artist has put together a collection of songs to sing out his disillusionment regarding the future of humanity. Straddling the line between folk and country, his gloomy ballads are a wake-up call for listeners living in the perilous age of the Anthropocene and its disastrous effects on the planet. “What I want from songwriters is honesty, nuance, details, metaphors,” Oren told Gold Flake Paint. “Should we all write protest songs? Only if that’s what’s on your mind. I can’t help but write political songs. These thoughts eat me up, so I grapple with them by writing.”

Watch the video for the title track off the new album below!


Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and her writing has appeared on Rivista Studio, Flair and the Quietus. She compulsively tweets @gcmorvern. More from this author →