Throughout Titanic Rising, Mering examines pop culture and nostalgia’s role as a kind of sedative for the masses amid what she describes as “huge paradigm shifts.” The threat of climate change, income inequality, the ironic loss of personal connections as a result of everyone being Extremely Online—it can all be a bit disillusioning to someone who spent their formative years losing themselves in films such as the one referenced in the album’s title.

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