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Thursday, September 1, 2011

"L.E.S. Artistes"

Santogold - L.E.S. Artistes (2008)

The artist currently known as Santigold was once known as Santogold. Who knew? Well, clearly plenty of people, just not me.

I warn you that the video will distract you, it is seriously cool and messed up, and makes you ignore the music.

Fairly straight guitar in the opening verse leads into Santogold's shouted vocals. Very vanilla bass line and stick heavy percussion continue the verse. Just when you think you've got the song figured out 30 seconds into it, and along comes the sound. We are going to hear it a lot, so I think we're going to need a good explanation. I'm going to call it a guitar doing an impression of a kitty cat, or "kitty" for short. The chorus continues along with a different guitar sound, more standard rock. the kitty sound changes as well and sounds more like a few women singing wordlessly. The chorus and verses alternate like this until near the end, she begins to sing/talk a counterpoint to the original melody. I love when artists do this. When it is done right it shows great creativity and musical talent.

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