This song is definitely annoying as hell, so it must be a summer hit. That is the number one rule for summer hits. The first time you hear it, it's a smash but by the 130th, it's old hat. Carly Rae Jepsen is Canadian; she's from British Columbia. Damn, even America's summer hits are imported. What happened to good ole' fashioned Americana like Nelly (with summer hit 'Hot in Herre' from 2002) , Sisqo (with 'Thong Song' in 2000), Hoobastank (with 'The Reason' from 2004), or even Kelly Osbourne (with 'Papa Don't Preach' in 2002). I realize that Kelly Osbourne is British but she was on an American reality show, 'The Osbournes' which aired from 2002-2005. The song is a direct result of that popular show. Before it, she was nobody in the eyes of the American public. By default, she's 'American'. And like the other past hits mentioned, they're all popular choices at Saturday night karaoke! Jepsen, however, is a product of Canadian Idol; she came up third on season 5 of the show. On Canadian Idol, Jepsen covered the greats like Bob Marley, Queen, Melissa Etheridge, and Janis Ian. She came out with a single, a cover of the John Denver song 'Sunshine on my Shoulders'. I won't put a link to it because I actually like John Denver.
Jepsen's debut album, Tug of War came out in 2008. Then the album, Kiss, came out in 2012 which contained the hit of that summer. There were parodies everywhere, all over the Internet like wallpaper, but mostly on YouTube. And like any summer hit, I liked this song the first couple of times I heard it. By the 200th time, I wanted to vomit. And like most summer hit phenomenons, Jepsen is nowhere to be found in the summer of 2013. With that being said about summer hits, I will recommend some alternative downloads/bands to follow this summer. And just because the 'back to school' adds are all over TV does not mean that summer is over. Not even close! Summer ain't over til the fat lady (guy) stuffs a corn dog, fried oreo, and funnel cake into her mouth during the Labor Day air show!
Crystal Fighters official page
This high energy British/Spanish indie/dance-electro-synth alt. pop band was formed in Navarra Spain in 2007. There are six members in the band: Sebastian Pringle (on vocals and guitar), Gilbert Vierich (on guitar, percussion, electronics, and txalaparta), Graham Dickson (on guitar and txalaparta), Eleanor Fletcher (on vocals), Andrea Marongiu (on drums), and Nila Raja (on vocals). PS: the txalaparta is a real instrument; it's a xylephone-like wooden percussion cider board from the Basque region. The band also uses the txistu (a Basque pipe whistle) and a danbolin (rope tuned snare drum). They combine the stylings of Spanish punk, electronica, Basque folk music, and indie dance-pop. The band envisions their sound as something of the stylings of The Velvet Underground and The Gypsy Kinds going back in time to the 1980's in the Pyrenees and utilizing Skream or Luciano on the production. The band's first album, Star of Love was released in 2012 and their second album, Cave Rave was released in 2013.
I first heard them through my Iphone app, Songza. I then downloaded and immediately fell in love with 'Love Natural'. It is bouncy and you cannot be in a bad mood after listening to it. 'Champion Sound' and 'LA Calling' are equally uplifting. They have the same fresh, unique sound of bands like M83 and MGMT. I'd love to see them live because I cannot imagine a more high energy concert (other than The Polyphonic Spree). What I love most about the songs of Crystal Fighters is that the tempo and feel of the song changes just like the topography of a great road trip. And speaking of road trips, this is a great band to bring with you. Just download Cave Rave from Itunes, put it in the car CD player and drive down the highway exploring every corner of wherever you are. This band is fantastic and I highly recommend giving them a listen. Soon, I expect and hope them to be everywhere. Just tell everyone you heard about them here, first!
A great show would be if Crystal Fighters and Ginger and the Ghost got together with M83 and Arcade Fire. That would be AMAZING!!!!
She plays guitar and piano, sometimes singing a cappella (without any instruments). What's more is that she writes music to evoke social change. I love this! Her song 'My Home' was written for a same sex couple she knows and holds dear. The funds raised from the song went toward Freedom to Marry (www.freedomtomarry.org). The fact that she uses her music as a platform for activism aligns her with greats like Joan Baez or Bob Dylan. She is the real deal! I have many of her songs in my Itunes library which include 'Shout!', 'Diamond Dogs', 'Stick By Me', 'Not a Mistake', and 'Two Part Game'. Some of her stylings are somber and borderline industrial rock of bands like Garbage and Poe. Some of her songs have the pop, upbeat stylings of Sara Bareilles and laid back sophistication of Nora Jones. Yet what I like is that her music is raw and soulfully honest like Joan Osborne and emotional like Elizaveta or Marina and the Diamonds. Her vocals are airy like Priscilla Ahn. The most noble, however, is that Katt isn't in it for the money or the fame. Katt wants to use her music as a platform for activism and for spreading a message that transcends teeny bopper crap. I will be keeping my eye on Lindsay Katt, and so should you!