Antigone is not your run-of-the-mill pop singer. The London-based artist infuses her slick, infectious pop tunes with poignant and well-crafted storytelling that is rare among the dozens of poptarts and one-hit wonders ruling the charts. Antigone is up there with artists like Roisin Murphy, offering listeners a unique point of view that conveys both style and substance.
Her new singe "Promiscuity" precedes the release of her much-anticipated new album, titled "Antigoneland," on April 23. In an interview with EQ, Antigone explains that "Promiscuity" is one of the hardest songs she has ever written. "It hideous and complicated in terms of structure," she smiles.
But it is not only the song's catchy vibe and complex structure that makes it such a stand out track. It is also Antigone's lyrics about growing up, relationships, jealousy and the need for intimacy that are particularly well put.
She explains that the song's lyrics are based on the notion that most people meet their soulmate at a very young age, but that they still have the need to experience being with other people. She sings:
It hasn’t been like this from the start. Like a child forgets its lisp, your young tart. Has faded in you.. Is departing from you (. . . ) I could never see any reason to be close to you. While she was so rudely riding around. With you all over town (. . . ) Irreconcilability. Is the inevitable fee. Whether or not you play. With the fish in the sea.
"It's a double edged sword," Antigone explains. "[People] need to do it and it is important for their own development, but you'll get jealous."
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