Chasing Shadows

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  • Santigold talk-sings here about "getting through the day" over emphatic tropical beats. She wrote the song with Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij.
  • Santigold explained the song's meaning: "'Chasing Shadows' is about with 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. 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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