Single of the Week: Let Them Eat Cake by Dan Webb
In a post-truth media landscape where alternative facts rule and a reality star resides in the Oval Office the need for questioning from the art community is of the highest importance. One artist who is using his talent as a platform for this questioning is Australian singer-songwriter Dan Webb: his new single, entitled “Let Them Eat Cake” is a vitriolic rant against addressing the hacking of the DNC’s email servers.
Webb’s harsh but important stance questions the media, how they spin news, how they report it, and who benefits from both. He’s not worried about making enemies, knowing that he doesn’t have a chance at radio play with the opium of endless pop clogging up the airwaves say nothing at all, loudly.
“Let Them Eat Cake” is reminiscent of Bowie’s Berlin years: the effected piano groove, the cool delivery of withering words, the sweet repetitive chorus, itself a satire on the pop music he’s lampooning except he’s actually condemning them. It’s an exceptionally confident, daringly concise and timely release, and a great sign of things to come from this exciting new voice.