CONSUMERISM IS A TRACK COMING OUT ON THE EVE OF MS. HILL’S RELEASE. SHE WANTED TO GET THIS MUSIC OUT WHILE SHE WAS INCARCERATED, AS IT IS A PRODUCT OF THE SPACE SHE WAS IN WHILE SHE WAS GOING THROUGH SOME OF THE CHALLENGES SHE HAS BEEN FACED WITH RECENTLY.
“CONSUMERISM IS PART OF SOME MATERIAL I WAS TRYING TO FINISH BEFORE I HAD TO COME IN. WE DID OUR BEST TO EEK OUT A MIX VIA VERBAL AND EMAILED DIRECTION, THANKS TO THE CREW OF SURROGATE EARS ON THE OTHER SIDE. LETTERS FROM EXILE IS MATERIAL WRITTEN FROM A CERTAIN SPACE, IN A CERTAIN PLACE. I FELT THE NEED TO DISCUSS THE UNDERLYING SOCIO-POLITICAL, CULTURAL PARADIGM AS I SAW IT. I HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO WATCH THE NEWS TOO MUCH RECENTLY, SO I’M NOT HIP ON EVERYTHING GOING ON. BUT INSPIRATION OF THIS SORT IS A KIND OF NEWS IN AND OF ITSELF, AND OFTEN TIMES CONTAINS AN URGENCY THAT PRECEDES WHAT HAPPENS. I COULDN’T IMAGINE IT NOT BEING RELEVANT. MESSAGES LIKE THESE I IMAGINE FIND THEIR AUDIENCE, OR THEIR AUDIENCE FINDS THEM, LIKE WATER SEEKING IT’S LEVEL.” (Lauren Hill)