I’m certainly not into music where artists shove their political views into their songs. Sorry Bruce Springsteen and Lupe Fiasco, that stuff is just not for me. Have your opinion, great, but don’t force it upon others. That’s exactly the reason why “Mr President, We’re in Trouble” by Fold, a live downtempo / trip-hop act, made me a bit apprehensive. I thought it was going to be another preaching type song.
But here is where my apprehension stopped: Fold integrate speeches into their music with no desire to be “preachy” but rather to “reflect some of the heavier stuff going on in the world.” That I can deal with. What Fold does with speech recordings is very cool. They’re able to twist the speeches, reflect on world problems, and make it all sound cohesive and pleasant at the same time. The music behind “Mr President, We’re in Trouble” goes so well with the speech used. It has a great beat that creates an eery feeling, adding to the heaviness of the song’s subject matter. The track is very well composed, its musicality is never lost in the message of the song. Give it a listen.
Another positive note about Fold is that Seth Mowshowitz, the front man of Fold, is originally a New Yorker who currently lives in Leeds, UK and spells words like “organisations” with an S! He’s jumped ship from American spelling but his support certainly has not. Fold support organiZations like the Tax Justice Network, Kiva and The Equality Trust.