Bold and fearless – an explosion of grunge, electro, stern rap and melodic murmurs – Master of My Make-Believe sure is impressive. Santigold’s made it clear she’s back, this is her first solo work since the breakthrough album that made her famous, Santigold (2008).
I decided a very long time ago that I was going to make my own personal pilgrimage, one centred on music and spirituality that would take me far from home in Sydney. This year finally I made it to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Palm Springs, California. Palm Springs is an iconic destination. On the edge of San Bernadino and steeped in the mythology of the American dream, it’s where the Hollywood and Washington power elite go to play. Golf and swimming pools and timeless architecture define this centre of Modernism, but we were heading into the desert.
Swedish indie-alt-pop singer Lykke Li first broke onto the international music scene with her single Little Bit, where Li sweetly serenades ‘I would do it, push a button, pull a trigger, jump off a cliff for you… I think I’m a little bit, little bit in love with you but only if you’re a little bit in love with me’. It’s the perfect introduction to her 2008 album Youth Novels, an album which paints a picture of the torment we experience as teens; being unsure, tentative, moody and brimming with intense feelings. Her songs convey the anguish and insecurities of adolescence through up-tempo beats, sweet higher-pitched coos and cutesy melodies.