on my boombox: santigold, “disparate youth”

26 Feb

Thus far, I’ve mostly resisted the urge to make this blog into a complete Santigold tracker. As much as I adore her, I know not everyone wants to know every single nugget of information that slowly drips out in anticipation of Santigold’s long-awaited sophomore album, Master of My Make-Believe. Given almost a full year has passed since Santigold announced the “impending” release of her follow-up album, I now approach updates with a healthy dose of skepticism. A new tour date added here and there and an alleged release date (May 1) doesn’t interest me as much any more–I want to hear the music, damnit!

Though, Santigold won some points back with this blogger in an interview with Pitchfork where she revealed just how carefully she weighs each and every decision concerning her music. Not enough musicians realize that the devil is in the details, and Santigold’s career has clearly benefited from a healthy dose of perfectionism. It explains why I’ve never heard a Santigold song I didn’t like, and why she has never put her name on anything that sounds remotely tired or uninspired. Nothing less than a perfectionist would have made the crayola-tinged music video for “Big Mouth” work as well as it did.

So, when the artist released an actual new piece of music(!!!) last week, I took the bait. Sure enough, it doesn’t disappoint. “Disparate Youth,” the second single from the upcoming album, shows Santigold experimenting with new sounds, but (as always) in a calculated, well-executed manner. The industrial synth and distorted guitar riffs bring the track an appropriately dark, edgy flair, and prove once again that Santigold can float among genres with an ease elusive to most artists. 

All signs point to… this album will be just as dope as I expected. 

Santigold, “Disparate Youth”

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One Response to “on my boombox: santigold, “disparate youth””

  1. djdeprey February 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    can a dude get some rock n roll in this here new york daily review of waltzing? A place to bury strangers has a new LP, Surfer Blood is releasing new tracks, flanagan from the monkeys has some hits playing. somebody give johnny greenwood a fucking guitar!

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