SAULT, 'Wildfires': Protest Music In 2020 : We Insist: A Timeline Of Protest Music In 2020 This song, part of our 'We Insist' timeline of 2020's noteworthy protest music, was released June 19.

'We All Know It Was Murder': SAULT Confronts Police Brutality on 'Wildfires'


SAULT's third album arrived on Juneteenth, right as the world was in the thick of Black Lives Matter protests and renewed discourse about white oppression against people of color. Much like A Seat At The Table by Solange, UNTITLED (Black Is) tackles these topics with restraint, calmly unpacking them over a meditative collection of funk, spoken-word, repurposed protest chants and soul.

On "Wildfires," the vocalist wonders why another officer killed another person for no reason. "You should be ashamed," the singer asserts. "The bloodshed on your hands / Another man / Take off your badge / We all know it was murder." In the next breath, she snaps back to the reality: Though we're crying right now, we won't be afraid to keep fighting. There's also dual meaning in the title; the band sees fire as a cleansing, a burning of the country's old ways of governance for something fresh and new.

"Wildfires" resembles a rebirth: For too long, underserved communities have been forced to abide by rules that don't serve them. No more, though. "I ain't never been scared," the singer declares. "Even through my tears, I will always care."