This is my first encounter with Faron Sage, socially-conscious animated musician from the UK. On “Status Quo,” the artist disavows normalcy (or rather, what we’ve complacently taken as normalcy) for a break from the monotonous digestion of planet-killing chemicals, brainless media and other ills. Now a song like this, it could’ve easily gone into a preachy, elitist territory and, therefore, made me tune it out. Faron seems to be aware of this, so they put a driving synth line and a Gorillaz-esque rap in there to make the revolution danceable as much as it is progressive. Taking influences from prog rock and electronica as much as hip-hop, this one successfully gives a big middle finger to the establishment.
That’s why I’m posting this one on US “Black Friday.” There are far more important things to worry about than just the best sale on televisions. Faron sees this as well, but they’re also not about to say “I’m better than you” because they’re utilizing commercial sounds and apps (such as YouTube) to get their message across, which is a sad necessity in these days. Check out the visuals below, support dope music in all its forms and take a second, collect your mental and be better than you were yesterday.