Singles Club: Chanti Darling + Massage + The Ophelias
Bathed in the glow of sizzling neon lights, Chanti Darling's "St*rs" is a delicious, delirious piece of dancefloor delight. This Portland project, voiced in dramatic, space soul funk by the dynamic Chanticleer Trü, creates something slinky and wonderful by having their cake and eating it, their sound successfully straddling the line between the grooves of the past and the great unknown of the future.
With "Oh Boy," LA outfit Massage captures a beautiful moment in time. The dreamy jangle a la Flying Nun and pretty harmonies get the heart fluttering, and there's a loveliness in the lo-fi that becomes so very warm and enveloping. It's utterly disarming, this song, and has the first flush of something wonderful, like the moment just after a first kiss. What a little charmer.
"Fun always comes at a cost," begins "General Electric." This intimate, engaging firecracker from The Ophelias is a vibrant head-turner, a breathy and breathless statement of intent. Formed by four girls who were over being the "girl in the band," these Cincinnati ladies were clearly made for one another. At times playful and light, "General Electric" is honest and direct, and above all it's impossible to ignore.