Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
This morning on the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on Christine Saadé, an independent pop artist with a notable level of success internationally. In recent weeks, she’s landed at #18 and #24 on the Billboard “Dance Club Songs” charts, riding high alongside acts like Sia, Bastille, and The Weeknd. The song that put her there is ‘Get Together,’ a tune recently remixed by Twisted Dee. Let’s delve into it!
I must confess, when I heard the opening notes of ‘Get Together,’ I braced myself for another stereotypical jaunt through radio-friendly pop music with kiddie pool levels of substance. Saadé deserves much more credit than that, though, because ‘Get Together’ actually has quite an intriguing message wrapped inside its electronic dance presentation.
“You wanna make a change?” Saadé sings in the verses of the single. “You know that it’s time to rearrange. They can’t hold us down when we come around.” I never thought I’d say this, but a dance pop single reminded me quite a bit of John Lennon. When the Beatle wrote ‘Revolution,’ he was frustrated with people talking about “changing the world” but not going about it the right way. In a more simplistic way, ‘Get Together’ comes from the same school of thought.
Saadé may not have been driven by the contemporary political climate when she wrote ‘Get Together,’ but one can’t help but draw the parallel. Here in the United States in particular, political activism is reaching heights akin to the 1960s. People feel that they’re being held down. Saadé’s music is offering a rallying cry of sorts, which I found pleasantly surprising when hidden inside of a punchy electronic dance tune.
That rallying cry can be for anything in life, too. One could listen to ‘Get Together’ and become inspired to change their life for the better in a myriad of ways. It doesn’t have to be political. I give Saadé credit for that; it’s well-written, even if it is somewhat repetitive. (Which, to her credit as well, dance music has a tendency to be.)
Musically, there’s nothing extraordinary going on in ‘Get Together.’ The synthesizers and beats do sound a bit like they’ve been plucked off the Garageband preset wheel. I can also see the song getting a dance floor moving, though, and that’s what it’s ultimately meant for. It’s an anthem of unity that’ll make for a good spin in dance clubs around the world. Connect with Saadé below!