You can listen to “Broken Horses – Santo Domingo Edit” by Twin Shadow here.
When I was a kid, before I understood what cultural appropriation was, I wanted cornrows. It’s probably David Beckham’s fault. Anytime I played a video game where I could design a character I would give them cornrows. The album art for “Broken Horses – Santo Domingo Edit” reminds me of a player I might have designed in FIFA 2003 when I downloaded the creation centre.
That’s part of the general home made vibe to “Broken Horses – Santo Domingo Edit” that I like. The track itself is quite low-fi. It feels like it could be written on an old Casio keyboard. The drum beat has that pre programmed feel. It’s the type of thing that could sound cheap with a different artist, but Twin Shadow is such a tremendous songwriter that instead it just highlights what he does so well. His voice and his lyrics are great and it’s a brilliant song. His songs are often heartbreaking and sometimes it feels like the sad boy equivalent to the Olivia Rodrigo song “Good 4 U” for angry heartbroken girls. The songs are so emotive that you forget that you’re not heartbroken. That’s a powerful thing.