Master of my Make-BelieVe
Downtown Records and Atlantic Records
I stumbled across Santigold’s 2012 follow- up album Master of My Make-Believe in Air Canada’s eclectic music library. As I was in transit for the Osheaga Music Festival in Montréal where she would be playing—and fuelled by the distant memory of mistaking her 2008 debut for a new M.I.A. release—I decided to give it a shot. Now, it’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 “Freak Like Me” braided a Reggaeton vibe with airy Indian-influenced instrumentals. Later, the artist born Santi White takes the time to slow down for “The Riot’s Gone.” In it, she lowers her trademark sharp, punchy vocals to demonstrate more sultry pipes. And that wasn’t the end of the surprises: the single “The Keepers” rolled in with some seriously ‘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