Not long after the election of nightmare Donald Trump, CoSigned indie pop songwriter Dre Babinski recorded an EP under her Steady Holiday moniker. It was aptly called Terrorand saw her wrestling with the new White House and the “objective misuse of power in America.”
A little over a year has passed since then, but sadly not much has changed in the US — almost to the point to that it’s all been normalized. The Los Angeles-based Babinski, however, won’t be silenced. Her forthcoming Steady Holiday, Nobody’s Watching, is something of an extension of her Terror EP, as it continues to explore themes “like greed, fear and self-interest; the ugly and troubling edges of human nature,” she notes in a press statement.
On the forthcoming LP, Babinski also makes it a point to emphasize that the evilness of human nature is not just confined to our current state — like history, it repeats itself over time. “There are so many horrible examples of manipulation and impunity in the news right now that feel unprecedentedly dramatic, but it’s important to remember that these figures have been around forever,” Babinski explains to Consequence of Sound. “Every culture, every generation.”
That’s the main takeaway from her latest Nobody’s Watching single, “Who’s Gonna Stop Us”. A slinky cut surrounded by an air of mystery, it finds Babinski describing characters known for their scheming and manipulation. “It’s so easy that I can’t believe they don’t see the plan/ You put the beauty in the front
and you control from the back,” she sings early on, later adding, “Let’s teach them how to build a pyramid/ Tell them if they keep it up, they can reach the top.”
Check it out below through its official music video. Directed by Isaac Ravishankara, it touches more on the art of controlling and exploitation.