Artist: Santigold

Album: Santogold

Released: April 2008

Label: Downtown Records

I think I have found my weakness as of late. Pop music. Granted the “pop” music is not as popular as Billboard top 100 but I do feel that much of it is based on those lyrics and hooks that pop music was born with. Anyway the song that I has been stuck in my head is no exception. Santigold’s Lights Out is catchy and I dare you to listen to it just once.

I’ll be honest, I am not the biggest fan of Santigold, I┬ádismissed┬áher as a record label’s attempt to jump on the M.I.A. bandwagon of woman singers who dress crazy. A few of her other songs I just can’t get into. However this song is very good.

Anyway check out the song, its crazy good, almost as crazy as the video.

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12424-we-are-beautiful-we-are-doomedArtist: Los Campesinos!

Album: We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed

Released: 2008

Label: Wichita Recordings

N. Smith has been rather busy of late, so I’m hijacking his usual feature. Today’s Song of the Week comes from a spastic indie rock group out of Wales. The sound of Los Campesinos! is Architecture in Helsinki meets the Shout Out Louds meets the Arctic Monkeys. The group consists of seven members who play surprisingly conventional instruments aside from the glockenspiel (Gareth Campesinos!). Translator’s note: Los Campesinos means “The Peasants” or (“The Farmers” in Spanish).

“We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed” is the title track for their second album and features an intro of synthesizer combined backed by some slick percussion on the part of (). After the guitars creep in minimal strings emerge and the singer starts to kick out the first verse. The singer’s second line is corny sounding enough to make the listener grimace, but is immediately followed by “As you squint and you grimace, we both know your heart’s not in it,” which may just be lampshading, but is never-the-less effective. The speaker is “trying to be sexy” and his feeble attempts at it seem to make him increasingly disillusioned. A harsh message for all you hopeful romantics out there, but well delivered.

The verses display his “realist” views, but the chorus retains a raw emotion throughout the entire song. The singer’s half spoken verses vary the style and the shouting choruses build until the song explodes with all the instruments pounding. If you have trouble understanding the lyrics, by all means Google them — it’ll be worth it. Have a listen:

For the official single “You! Me! Dancing!” off their first album, check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj6SO_yKMe8