Where Are We’s “Not My President” is not your average protest song. Instead of the more common folk roots feel or ultra-loud rock’n’roll, Where Are We — also known as Christopher Ian Brooker — uses darkwave styled heavy synths and distant vocals to create a mood of unease and impatience.
The track and the video open with an alarm clock, and is there any sound more filled with anxiety? This becomes a through note with a more subtle synth, but the urgency is never lost. Chords rise and descend with firm action and it’s a complex and rewarding track that emerges. Something you can listen to again and again and find something new every time, but that always bristles with a frustration for the direction of the world.
The video brings the political aspects even closer with the introduction of a character who absorbs the energy around themselves. Beginning as an entity made up of outer space, it doesn’t take long before the being is completely overtaken by American politics. Because of this, they lose their job, then are yelled at on the street, and are ultimately forced to retreat to the woods and burn their wallet in order to return to the peaceful cosmos state. It’s a mix of psychedelic and political that is analogous to the track itself, and each statement compliments the other.