Janelle Monae: a true artist in every sense of the word. Ive been a fan since she dropped her first EP three years ago and I knew her debut album would be stellar and I was very much right. The folks over at pitchfork best described it, “Janelle Monáe’s The ArchAndroid immediately dazzles you with its ambition. It’s a 70-minute, 18-track epic comprising two suites, each beginning with an overture, telling a futuristic story starring a messianic android.
The ArchAndroid is deliberately conceived as a world unto itself, but Monáe very carefully places herself in a broader cultural context, as much out of ambition as wide-eyed fandom. Her liner notes list off inspirations for each track, ranging from references to Star Wars and Stevie Wonder album art to Salvador Dali and “the atomic bombs in Muhammad Ali’s fists.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. This is the second single off the album. Enjoy
Listen to “Cold War” Here