You may have heard the singles from Santigold’s new album Master of My Make-Believe. There’s “Big Mouth,” which rocks tribal rhythms, and “Disparate Youth,” which sounds a Hole song blended with an 80s New Wave band.
But that’s not everything! You’ve got to hear “The Keepers,” which is a perfect little diamond near the end of the new album. By the time you hit the chorus, you might think you’re listening to the best B-side from an old alternative dance act like Depeche Mode.
Right? It’s weirdly beautiful, this song, with its lovely melody and gently insistent drums. But then if you really listen, you notice the lyrics are about how apathy and blame-shifting keep everyone complaining about America without doing anything to fix it. That’s what the lyrics mean to me, at least.
So thanks, Santigold! I love a little politics with my grooves!