I’m not sure when I first heard the name Santogold. It might have been on Rolling Stone’s Artists to Watch List for 2008. Maybe I heard she opened for Bjork in New York. Maybe I read Creator was on Grey’s Anatomy. Regardless, there has been much digital ink spilled all over the shop about this Philly/Brooklyn artist and her debut record is just coming out this week. Basically enough hype to make you never want to hear her music.
Fortunately, the record arrived in my mail box a couple weeks ago and I gave it a listen without really knowing what to expect as I assumed I had not heard anything by Santogold. Then L.E.S. Artistes started and I realized I could sing along…obviously the song had snuck into my brain somehow over the past few months without me knowing it. But now that I actually listened to it I realized that the song is really, really fucking awesome.
And it didn’t stop there.
You’ll Find A Way starts off sounding like The Police. I hate The Police but I did not hate You’ll Find A Way. Well played, Santi, well played. Shove It expands on the reggae influence of You’ll Find A Way by showing off Santogold’s love of dub while Say Aha kicks up the pace with a chorus you will be singing in a few months.
By the time Lights Out finished I was convinced I’d heard the best pop song of 2008. I still am. Hell, one song even made me think of Pixies (can you spot the Kim Deal-esque bassline?). The album closes with Anne, another highlight and a surprisingly mature ending to what is a pretty great album.
While Santogold’s debut is far from perfect (there are a few songs that scream “average”) it never stops being fun. I will be incredibly surprised if Santogold isn’t kinda huge before 2008 draws to a close.
Santogold – Say Aha
Watch the video for L.E.S. Artistes:
And finally, according to the cover story in this week’s Brag, Santogold may be heading Australia’s way in July. Expect the kids do go apeshit.