MIA’s new video, released via Twitter
Looks like it was literally produced via webcam, but it’s OK. The hook is kinda beautiful, and that’s pretty much repeated over and over again. It’s not a big media release as much as something sent via Twitter (TwitVid to be exact) and it feels pretty much like that. Slate has a debate whether the song is hauntingly lovely or monotonous. I’d concur that it’s half-baked, but still better than some of the more grating tracks on her albums. The song is vaguely billed as a protest against the New York Times’ positive coverage of Sri Lanka. That, like her angry tweets at the time, is a bit of a joke and the message doesn’t really get across.
It’s basically a song about floating around in space. Perhaps a metaphor for the diasporal condition, but no real reason to poop on a little island below trying to rebuild itself. I think MIA’s very talented, but she puts about as much effort into her politics as this video, filmed for $100 in a night. Actually fixing rather than punishing Sri Lanka will take a bit more work, and tourism helps. That’s a separate issue of course. I try to keep MIA’s music and petulant politics apart.