It’s hard to believe that Santigold (then Santogold) released her eponymous debut way back in 2008, but it has indeed been three whole years. After teasing us with Karen O collaboration ‘Go‘ in April, Santi has been a little coy with details of a new album, but in a new interview with Billboard she has finally revealed that the album is very close to completion. Scheduled for release this autumn on Downtown/Atlantic, the as yet untitled album features contributions from the likes of TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner, The Bird & The Bee’s Greg Kurstin, dancehall producer Ricky Blaze, and long-time Santi studio man, Switch.
“I wanted it to feel dynamic and powerful. I still have the songs that sound very electronic and clubby, but I have a couple ballads on this one – my own type of ballads, where they just sound big, like the way some old Kate Bush or Peter Gabriel songs were…” she told them. “On this one song, we did a whole section that has a bottle used as the percussion, so there’s layers upon layers of Greg Kurstin playing a bottle and literally filling it with different layers of water, and stacking each note. Mixed with a marimba and taiko drums!”
She also hinted at some behind-the-scenes troubles with the label, who sound like they wanted to release the album a while back. “I never really had the experience of labels and stuff, because last time I made the record and then got a deal…, ” says Santi. “I didn’t have to deal with people talking about singles and stuff before I was even done the creative process. That was new, and annoying. So for the last six months I’ve been trying to tie up loose ends and do a couple more songs… I wrote in the direction that [the label] were telling me, but secretly I kept writing in my own direction. At the end of the day, nobody will hear anything but things that I feel 100 percent are great.”