♫ Album Review: Santogold ♫
In this day and age it’s refreshing to find and artist who is comfortable in their skin. No matter what phase of their career. A solid fan following drove the release of Santogold’s self-titled debut full length album from being just another throw away piece of work, to one that has anticipation behind it.
The Philadelphia native who studied Caribbean and West African drumming cleverly fuses indie, pop, and alternative rock music as if they always belonged together. Despite all those boxes to check it all seems to mesh well. Heavy on the guitars, horns, and piano keys, it’s not uncommon to hear funky contentment in songs like “Starstruck” but also playful aggressive chorus on “You’ll Find a Way”. The mantra of non-mainstream indie music doesn’t always have to be too “deep” for it’s own good, or evoke social change. Sometimes listening to a few good chords that flow from song to song almost seamlessly is just as important; and though Santogold doesn’t have a huge stand-out factor, her music seems to be just fine staying in its own lane and picking up fans along the way.
To her credit, not being a fan or even familiar with her style doesn’t render your ears helpless. Out the gate, you either hate it or you don’t. Her style is interesting and fresh without being so polished that it seems like a gimmick.
VIDEO: SANTOGOLD – LES ARTISTES
Santogold’s self-titled album is in stores April 29th on Downtown Records. Check her myspace for more info.