Santigold explores “the future sound of punk rock” on “High Priestess”

Santigold has shared new single ‘High Priestess’, on which she said she was looking for “the future sound of punk rock” – scroll down to hear it now.

The track marks the artist’s first solo release since his 2018 mixtape “I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions.”

“High Priestess” started life as a collaboration between Ray Brady and Boyz Noize, according to the star. Ryan Olson of Psymun and Gayngs joined the mix as the song grew.

“I had started working on this beat and I had nothing in mind for a subject, I just knew I wanted to do some sort of punk rap song (as dangerous as that sounds),” Santigold said in a communicated. “My mate Ray Brady and I started working on something, trying to add all the elements that made sense, kicks, subs, new wave synths. Boys Noize ended up bringing something super cool that really built the song up and made me even more excited about it.

“It was happening quickly, until it wasn’t anymore. The punk rock energy, the anguish, that I wanted to find was not quite there. I tried adding a live guitar and drum kit, and it was a big red “X” buzzer. I ended up tagging Psymun (Simon Christensen) who brought in Ryan Olson, and they brought in the last missing piece. The energy I was looking for couldn’t be the old version of punk rock, it had to be the future sound of punk rock. They brought the anguish, the push and pull that was missing, but it was very fresh and totally unexpected. It all fell into place in a way that I never could have imagined when we started, but that was exactly what I wanted to do.

She added, “I want to make music that sounds like both the past and the future; music that makes you feel safe enough to jump in, but then takes us on a journey where we needed to go but never heard of. I want my music to be the bridge.

Santigold also explained that working on the track after being in “mom mode for months” was like “finding gold”. “It literally saved my mind,” she said. “And that brings us to the name of the song. I called this song ‘High Priestess’ because this song was about my greatness.

“I needed to witness myself in that moment, calling on my own power, my own courage, my own wisdom, because I felt like I was disconnected from it, had been stripped of the rhythm of life I had cultivated for myself and pushed into this smaller, one-dimensional version of myself, grounded and isolated for far too long.The lyrics are fun though, the rap lyrics in general, boastful, arrogant, but that’s what I was talking about underneath it all.

The official video for the track, which you can watch above, contains just one minute and 17 seconds of the song. You can also listen to the full track in the official audio video above.

Last year, the artist was featured on a posthumous album by late dancehall and reggae icon U-Roy. She appeared on the track “Man Next Door”, while others who contributed to the record included The Clash’s Mick Jones, Shaggy, Ziggy Marley and many more.

Diana J. Carleton