It’s as though a cabal of future geneticists have taken the best parts of James Brown, Kate Bush, David Byrne, and Michael Jackson (with the hair of Grace Jones) to create Janelle Monae. I have not been so fascinated or jazzed about a musical artist in a LONG LONG time!
FINALLY! SOME CREATIVITY!!!
I happened upon this article on Studio 360 about her performance at SXSW and man, I just had to go look at her site. The angst of her particular idiom really speaks to the times. On the cusp of future technologies with such epic problems philosophically as well as on the human condition as a whole.
I predict you will be seeing much more of this woman and her tight band.
Check it out.