Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Song of the Day: Santigold - Chasing Shadows

I love the vibe of this song.  It captures a certain discomfort, dissatisfaction.  With life, with love, with anything really.  Whatever ... it touches me.  See if you don't relate to it, too.

Santigold - Chasing Shadows [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8xS1FqQzjQ

But even as I love the vibe ... I'm not quite sure what it means.  So I did a little search.  From JonAli:
http://jonalisblog.com/2016/01/19/santigold-embraces-her-conflicted-reality-on-chasing-shadows/
“‘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.”
Same quote, with more discussion about the video, from Music Times:
http://www.musictimes.com/articles/61975/20160116/santigolds-chasing-shadows-best-pop-song-2016.htm
"Chasing Shadows" is by far the most radio friendly of the three songs but it's also just a masterfully crafted pop song intermixing some simple piano and drum beats with her reggae style singing and rapping.

The video, produced by Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij and directed by Elliot Lester, is equally devastating as she sings around her home spending the holiday alone in front of the TV screen and playing tea party with herself.

Some lyrics from the song:
Here is the glow
Chasing the goal
I'm trouble, you know
You find us where we fall
We're chasing shadows

Sad, in a way, right?


It kind of reminds me of my Jackson Browne "Pretender" post, in which I quoted Browne as saying:
"Someone asked me what, you know, who The Pretender is.  And I, it's, it's um, it's always been my pleasure to avoid answering that question.  But uh ... Because it's not me exactly.  Although sometimes people applaud for me at that moment in the song as if I am.  But in truth there is some of The Pretender in me.  But it's anybody that's sort of lost site of some of their dreams and is trying to make, sort of going through the motions, trying to make a stab at a certain way of life that he sees other people succeeding at.  So, maybe it's a lot of people of a certain generation who sort of embraced a material lifestyle in place of dreams that they had, that sort of disintegrated at some point."
The Santigold song is much different than Browne's, yet to me they are capturing the same vibe.  Struggling and striving, doing what you think is the right thing, and then finding you're not closer to where you really want to be.  Agree or disagree?




Lyrics from MetroLyrics:
http://www.metrolyrics.com/chasing-shadows-lyrics-santigold.html

Chasing Shadows Lyrics
from 99 Cents

Being dizzy, fell in love,
I'm getting through the day
I'm thinking 'bout everything I've said,
Now that you got the best of me
One thing about time it waits for nobody,
You told me, isn't that what they say
Been banged against it and you know where
Just raised ain't got nothin' to say to nobody
Little lady better get in line,
I'm talking this to myself
Better getting on down with the program,
Sell your life all over
Broke dream in the sun
If you fall like tom petty waiting on his rodeo, to all
I'm breaking my rules, do it my way,
On this just like a beast

Here is the glow
Chasing the goal
I'm trouble, you know
You find us where we fall
We're chasing shadows
Here is the glow
Chasing the goal
I'm trouble, you know
You find us where we fall
We're chasing shadows

Always knew I'd be international, no fear of flyin'
Limits is been keepin' apart, just when I'm on an island
Watching through our window, the flashing light on the bed
Neon sign goes red
You are here until, well
At least someone knows where I am

Maybe I won't get it wrong, no baby for myself
Only years ? still I'm old, I'm living on the shelf
I will follow things in the long way if my standards hold me up
Why they eatin' they idols up?
Now, why they eatin' they idols up? dammit
I give my heart away so that they remember me
I leave em alone in time they'll wanna smother what I say
Around another year I wonder did I go some place
I'ma button this one down, this one right here won't walk away

Here is the glow
Chasing the goal
I'm trouble, you know
You find us where we fall
We're chasing shadows
Here is the glow
Chasing the goal
I'm trouble, you know
You find us where we fall
We're chasing shadows

Always knew I'd be international, no fear of flyin'
Limits is been keepin' apart, just when I'm on an island
Watching through our window, the flashing light on the bed
Neon sign goes red
You are here until, well, at least someone knows where I am
You are here until, well, at least someone knows where I am