HEARTBREAK DISCO PLAYLIST
When asked about his new book’s title, Eric Kostiuk Williams explains, “It was kind of inspired by my favorite genre of music: what I call Heartbreak Disco. It’s very dancey and upbeat but also super melancholic — like there’s something cathartic about just being on the dance floor but just dancing away your pain. I feel like we’ve all been doing that as necessity. That’s kind of the only thing you can do sometimes, when things are so out of control and there are these great big forces moving.”
Here’s a playlist Eric put together for your listening pleasure.
Annie and Richard X’s “Invisible” is a brooding, infectious jam telling of a relationship that’s gone cold. The bitter, shoulder-brushing lyrics are reinforced by intensely steely, bass-heavy production values, urging you to exorcise any of those lingering break-up feelings on the floor.
The quintessential “heartbreak disco” track is Kylie Minogue’s 2007 single “The One”, which deftly balances glittering melodies and production with a melancholic narrative yearning desperately for deep connection. In an expansive catalog full of catchy hits, it stands as one of her best.
Ten years ago, indie pop band Of Montreal delivered a stunning left-turn opus of an album, Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?, tackling themes of depression and marital alienation over freaked-out funk and electro-inspired production. “We Were Born Mutants Again With Leafling” closes the record and serves as an appropriately bittersweet, and gorgeous comedown.
”Till The World Ends” was Britney Spears’ true comeback single, and led the pack of pop stars releasing dance-y tunes about the apocalypse in the early 2010s. I remember dancing to it at a New Year’s party and taking in, with joy and uneasiness in equal measure, the ecstatic crowd singing along to the hook: “Keep on dancin’ till the world ends!”
On her recent single “Light In Places”, Canadian electro-clasher Peaches traded in her signature lo-fi production for a dark, pulsating Giorgio Moroder-inspired beat, which she harnessed to launch into a bold manifesto calling for a queer, egalitarian, and super-sexy future. Who better to lead the charge?