It’s been a good few months since the release of M.I.A.’s ultra controversial but ultimately rewarding video for single Born Free. Her new album ///Y/ has just been released and should prove M.I.A. to be an artist of indelible musical substance as well as a fighter of political emancipation.
In response to her new album, the controversy surrounding the Romain Gavras-directed video, media have suitably followed in Pied Piper fashion. Everyone from the New York Times to Dazed & Confused have featured M.I.A. heavily.
I’m eager to join the M.I.A. loving’ fanfare and say that her ///Y/ could potentially be my album of the year. I particularly like her statement in one of the many interview videos that she has done of late when she says that she doesn’t want to be a Bono-like figure when giving help to causes as some sort of act of philanthropy out of middle class guilt – she’s simply reacting to things she has personally experienced and with that comes visceral and ultimately moving music.
Photographer Ryan McGinley has perfectly captured M.I.A.’s spirit in these images that accompanied the New York Times article – a pity that the article then spiralled into a “He said, She Said” argument between interviewer and her subject…
I also love this short trailer that Dazed & Confused produced for their current June issue which features M.I.A. on the cover – the styling is spot on in the way the clothes move on shoot.