Brandon Flowers and Snoop both have new songs (Snoop’s with my man Stevie Wonder) which you can check out on your own time. Here are my new reviews.
Feeling OK – Best Coast
I recently discovered Best Coast, the duo that pretty much defines West Coast indie-pop. Their catalog ranges pretty far within that description though, from more standard chord-y surf rock and songs like “Feeling OK,” which roams a little farther. At times, the anthemic nature of the chorus inspires some 90’s Foo Fighters. It’s hard to comment on the production, which – while polished – isn’t terribly unique. In fact, the pleasure of the song is how satisfying the parts fit together. “Feeling OK” is prime for Rock Band because everyone has something to do and the singer gets to croon a little (Okay-ee-ay-ee-ay!).
Go – The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers are always fun electronic musicians, their “big beat” style – see Fatboy Slim and Groove Armada for comparison – blending danceable grooves with solid melodic choruses. “Go” fits their style to a T, not quite a real song for Q-Tip, but not a bland techno number. The back beat is lush with accenting bongos, hammering bass/snare, and a wiggle-wiggle bass line. Honestly, the opening introduction is the best part, though the Daft Punk-y chorus is solid. My biggest misgiving is that Q-Tip doesn’t have the bite this song might have used. I can only imagine what Mystikal, who recently took us all to school on Mark Ronson’s “Feel Right,” might have done to this track. Otherwise, it’s a welcome return.
Compound Fracture – My Morning Jacket
Somehow I’ve never coming around to checking out My Morning Jacket, the hipster named and hugely adored indie rock outfit. But they recently released an album and put out this track, so why not start? I was expecting more of a country-tinge a la Kings of Leon, but instead the soft organs, harp-esque guitar, and layered vocals took me back to Todd Rundgren (“I Saw The Light”), a 70s producer turned soft rock maven. The thumping drums hold the song together and give it incredible energy, but the vocals give it real presence especially with the crescendos and layering of sounds. This is a really well produced song and I can’t do it justice only having listened to it twice, but rest-assured, it’s good.
Try to Lose – Penguin Prison
If you like this, Penguin Prison has a great funky single “Don’t Fuck with My Money” to explore. While not quite as nostalgia soaked as Chromeo, Penguin Prison delivers on the kind of throwback synth funk that I imagine people listen to in Montreal dance clubs. But let’s focus on the song. I’m a sucker for a song with a good bridge, and “Try to Lose” comes in post-second chorus a with a light guitar solo, claps, layer vocals before falling into a piano breakdown. Oooh, that’s good stuff. “Try to Lose” isn’t going to invent the wheel, but it will be the kind of song that makes you Shazam a Nissan commercial, so for that, I’m pleased.