I usually try to bring you something you probably havent heard of for Manly Music Mondays but I just saw the video for Santigold's "L. E. S. Artistes" while I was cruising around the other day and sweet Professor and MaryAnne it blew my mind. I mean I've heard this song over and over in the background at Macy's, during commercials, at the gym, shoot, even the DMV had this bad boy blaring through the P.A. at one time. But for some reason the video made me see the song in a whole new light. I always just kinda blew Santigold off as another dance/techno artist that made songs with a nice beat but no soul. I owe the young lady an apology.
What I'm searching for
to tell it straight, I'm trying to build a wall
Walking by myself
down avenues that reek of time to kill
If you see me keep going
be a pass by waver
Build me up, bring me down
just leave me out you name dropper
Stop trying to catch my eye
I see you good you forced faker
Just make it easy
You're my enemy you fast talker
I can say I hope it will be worth what I give up
If I could stand up mean for the things that I believe
What am I here for
I left my home to disappear is all
I'm here for myself
Not to know you
I don't need no one else
Fit in so good the hope is that you cannot see me later
You don't know me
I am an introvert an excavator
I'm duckin' out for now
a face in dodgy elevators
Creep up and suddenly
I found myself
Thats some wicked sweet poetry right there.
I think what impresses me the most is how she is kinda genre defying. She says she was heavily influenced by Siouxsie and the Banshees, Blondie and other New Wave bands from the 80's. And you can really hear that in a lot of her songs, especially "My Superman". But I would definitely not put her in that same category, shes not that simple.
Anywho, she has earned herself a spot on my favorites playlist, and that is a rare and special honor. If I ever see her in person I will tell her she looks worn out, thats how I say I love you.
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