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Monday, December 02, 2013
More Janelle Monáe Appreciation
"Oh Maker" from the "ArchAndroid." Another comparatively obscure track, I suppose, to continue my Janelle Monae appreciation week. Already in comparing the first two selections the richness of Monae's music is becoming clear. Here the melody is like the early Nico, the tone is like Prince psychedelia, the lyric and vocals like a second coming of Lauren Hill (tho' it looks like La Hill may be coming our way again on her own). This is not an official video, but that of an inspired fan offering up a narrative within Monae's Cindi Mayweather mythology, the character of a charismatic fugitive rebel android freedom fighter whose tale is scattered like a breadcrumb trail through all of Monae's lyrical and video work, from the unreleased "Audition" through the "Metropolis" EP in which it is central, to "ArchAndroid" and this year's "Electric Lady." About Cindi and the androids, I will have more to say later.