Single-Play

Single Play (Week of 1/27/13)

Single-Play

 

This week on Single Play, there’s a kind of “Mallrats grow up” vibe to some of the song selections.  However, it’s not all Forever 21 in today’s column.  Rather, I believe I’ve mixed up the songs and artists so that you’ll be able to find something that appeals to your taste. So, without any further delay, let’s get on with the show!

Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware, “Sweet Talk”

What do you get when you cross Sade with Everything But The Girl? Well, if you’re Jessie Ware, that’s not a bad combo to be crossed with. Ware’s sultry voice combined with more contemporary music flourishes and soundscapes makes her music both chill and very pleasant to listen to. On “Sweet Talk” you can hear the underbelly of electronica and a kind of ’80s UK soul-pop bubbling up in the chorus. The song is pretty likable from the get go, so it won’t take but a couple of spins before you’re loading this one on your iPod.


Sometimes you gotta kick it up a notch…or 10, and that’s why the music gods created Kinski. Their hard pounding, yet melodic pop-punk will have you nodding in 4/4 time pretty quick. And with “Conflict Free Diamonds” you’ll immediately hear what I’m talking about. Missing the grunge phenomenon by about a decade, Kinski nevertheless kept the torch alight with songs like this to make sure music fans don’t forget that sometimes all you need is three chords and the truth.

Tegan and Sara“Closer,” Tegan and Sara
I saw Tegan and Sara open for Paramore a couple of years ago (remember, I have a teenage daughter, so…), and thought they did a fine job presenting their brand of folky alt rock to a bunch of (mostly) girls who just wanted to see Hayley Williams. Maybe it was their interaction with Paramore on that tour that sparked a change in their music, but the T & S have really revamped their sound for a more polished, hook-filled, and, yes, commercial single.

 

ParamoreParamore, “Now”
Speaking of Paramore…Now here’s a band that is both wanting to change, and remain true to the kind of music that propelled them headlong into the arms of alt rock girls across North America.  A delicate balance to be sure, but I think they’ve pulled it off on the lead track from their upcoming album.  “Now” gets the hook out in front from the beginning, but then settles into more familiar musical territory for Paramore.  Now that there are only three members to the band (the brothers, Josh and Zac Farro departed the group in 2010), Paramore has the challenge of sounding like their former incarnation while pushing the band’s sound in new directions. While “Now” isn’t as layered and interesting as say “Decode,” I think it’s a strong enough single that demonstrates Paramore will be going strong for the foreseeable future.

 




  • http://twitter.com/arensb arensb

    Could I ask you to please turn off autoplay in the Soundcloud widget (and any others that might support it)? It’s rather annoying to open a few browser windows with stuff to read in a moment, then have to scramble to figure out which one is making noise and shut it up.
    Thanks,

  • http://www.popdose.com/ Ted

    That functionality is controlled by the account holder, and not me. What I did was delete the embedded player, and replace it with a link to the song on SoundCloud. It is annoying, but there’s nothing in the WP embed code that allows me to disable autoplay. I’ll look at the non-WP code to see if there’s anything there that allows me to change it.

  • http://twitter.com/arensb arensb

    I just tried the regular Widget Code (the one that begins with “<iframe”), and it seems to work normally in a plain-HTML page. From what I know of WordPress, you should be able to use that.
    It’s also possible that the WordPress plugin that knows about Soundcloud has autoplay turned on, and that that can be controlled from Popdose’s dashboard, or control center, or NORAD installation, or whatever it’s called.

  • http://www.popdose.com/ Ted

    It’s something with the WP code. I don’t have access to the plugin settings, so I’ll stick either with a link to SoundCloud or will just use the widget code (if available) — which has an autoplay option that can be disabled.

  • http://twitter.com/arensb arensb

    Thanks. Sorry to put you to so much trouble.

  • http://www.popdose.com/ Ted

    No worries. The autoplay problem was bugging me, too.