Master of my Make-BelieVe
Downtown Records and Atlantic Records
I stumbled across Santigoldâ€™s 2012 follow- up album Master of My Make-Believe in Air Canadaâ€™s eclectic music library. As I was in transit for the Osheaga Music Festival in MontrÃ©al where she would be playingâ€”and fuelled by the distant memory of mistaking her 2008 debut for a new M.I.A. releaseâ€”I decided to give it a shot. Now, itâ€™s not often that I sit through an entire album upon first listen. But those 40 minutes and 10 seconds of an otherwise dull flight transported me to a dancehall faraway where throbbing
drums, dub beats and surfy guitar riffs alike reign supreme. I think the discordance is what hooked me. The track â€œFreak Like Meâ€ braided a Reggaeton vibe with airy Indian-influenced instrumentals. Later, the artist born Santi White takes the time to slow down for â€œThe Riotâ€™s Gone.â€ In it, she lowers her trademark sharp, punchy vocals to demonstrate more sultry pipes. And that wasnâ€™t the end of the surprises: the single â€œThe Keepersâ€ rolled in with some seriously â€˜80s-reminiscent synth and Gaga-esque electro.Did I mention this very track features Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs? Yeah. After my inflight escape, I knew I had a new name to add to my not-to-miss festival roster.
- Maryse Bernard