Vietnamese-American artist SAÍGO uses his unique perspective as a son of refugees to paint a dystopian picture of the very near future. Tackling tough subjects such as religious discrimination, global warming, and corrupt leadership, SAÍGO lays everything on the table, asking frankly why we haven’t demanded change. Hints of what’s to come in his debut EP can be found in his most recent release and fourth single overall.
Produced in part by friend and fellow musician Gueorgui Linev, aka Kan Wakan, SAÍGO’s newest single “Neither” features a beautifully crafted electronic accompaniment that allows his voice to quietly soar. Lyrics recall the many predicaments we currently find ourselves in, including global warming: “Up in flames, hurricanes, and earthquakes, unavoidable it seems / When we are enemies from our point of view.” In this, SAÍGO subtly condemns the politicization of urgent worldwide problems such as this. Instead of looking passively to false idols for guidance on these issues, SAÍGO asks us to question our leadership and rethink the petty barriers that have come to divide us.
SAÍGO will be performing one more night at The Bootleg on Monday, February 26th. If you’ve missed him so far, now’s the chance to bask in the drama of his symphonic synth music. You’re sure to come away inspired.