Janelle Monaé may look like a petite, pompadoured doo-wop singer straight out of early Motown. But when she hits the stage, she bursts into something light years beyond that. Possessed by a beat too funky to be from the 20th century, she nearly dances right out of her saddle shoes.
Yesterday, Monaé released her new album The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III of IV). The tracks make up the latest chapters in the sci-fi adventure epic starring her alter-ego: Cindi Mayweather, an android from the 28th century on the run from cyborgs who want to imprison her for falling in love with a human. I know, it sounds weird – but ground-breaking work usually does, no?
The video for the single “Tightrope” (featuring Outkast’s Big Boi) is so damn fun, I dare you not to groove in your desk chair:
Every superhero has an origin story – and Cindi Mayweather’s got a great one. Listen to Monaé (or is it Mayweather?) spin the tale for Kurt:
Earthlings, prepare to boogie down.
- Jenny Lawton