Santigold was originally set to drop her forthcoming album 99¢ this week (on January 22), but unfortunately, it has been pushed back to February 26th. Womp… womp.
Fortunately for us, the forward-thinking singer-songstress has decided to follow-up the release of her self-love anthem “Can’t Get Enough Of Myself” and the ILOVEMAKONNEN-assisted “Who Be Lovin’ Me” with a brand new cut, “Chasing Shadows,” along with its accompanying visual to help tide us over until then. The track, produced by Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, is classic Santigold in every sense as she infuses some simple piano and drum beats with her signature chilled-out, reggae-influenced style. The real treat though is the Elliot Lester-directed video, which totally plays to the meaning of the song.
“‘Chasing Shadows‘ is about the conflicted reality of an artist’s life. Caught in the web we spin around ourselves, a mixture of hubris and the guise of perfection, we fear being swallowed up by our own ambition,” Santigold said in a statement. “Never in the moment, as quickly as we reach our goals, our gaze shifts to those still looming in the distance. We judge ourselves harshly for not being further on the path and revel in the anxiety of racing the rate of consumption. The lyrics weigh the value of going against the current to maintain artistic integrity, and the feelings of isolation and vacancy bred by a persona that is always ‘on’ and ready for show.”
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