The 9:13 Buzz with Patrick Bowman
Vagabon, "Embers" - Vagabon is Laetitia Tamko, the Brooklyn-based musician who dropped her stunning debut album, Infinite Worlds, in February is pretty breathtaking and intimate and powerful as far as indie rock records go. And, also, Tamko is black, she was raised in Cameroon and moved to New York in her teens, first to Harlem then to suburban Yonkers. That's a big deal because the kind of music she makes, 90s tinged indie rock, is sort of infamous for having next to no artists of color. And in interviews, she's not shied away from the fact that she wants to reach women of color with her art, and invite them into a world they rarely feel welcome. "The Embers" is the first track from the new album is the best kind of loud/quiet anthemic rocker, one where Tamko parses out fragmented lyrics about feeling small in the face of a world that is so obviously and regularly predatory. She sings about surrendering her self to "the demons that carry" the people around her. She's defiant, but afraid, of the world that's looking to eat her.