(This is Andy Synn‘s review of the new album by Poland’s Mgła — and some personal reflections on controversies that have swirled about the band and how they have affected reactions to the music.)
Confirmation bias is a hell of a thing. We see what we want to see, we hear what we want to hear, we believe what we want to believe.
It’s possible to be aware of it, and to guard against it to an extent, but none of us are entirely immune to it.
It’s a very human thing after all, based on the availability of information, the heuristic shortcuts we use to analyse it, and an inescapable egotism which leads us to prioritise what we agree with/what agrees with us, over what runs contrary to our current worldview.
And nothing has crystallised this quite as much in recent times as the surprise release of the new Mgła album earlier this week.