Singles Club: J.R. + Kingsbury + Pizzagirl
"PAL" may convey a feeling of freewheeling, carefree youth, but J.R.'s spry little number is also sprinkled with anxiety. Indeed, Julianna Riolino (she behind J.R.) took her inspiration for the song from "the feeling of youth and naive invincibility," and that certainly comes across in Riolino's beguiling, doe-eyed vocals. But youthful frustrations also find a home in "PAL," adding a bit of fuzzy frisson. You might want to keep your eye on Ms. Riolino.
"U Take It Back" is a little bit of a jaw-dropper. LA goth pop with a gooey center, Kingsbury's broken candy heart came too late to be part of John Hughes's teen masterpieces, but it's not hard to imagine this song fitting in among period soundtrack gems from New Order and Psychedelic Furs. Kingsbury's vocals can also sound more than a little like a certain Kate Bush, adding a wild, untamed feeling to the tearstained lyrics. Completely and utterly addictive.
Liverpool's Pizzagirl (AKA Liam Brown) releases his debut record first timer in October, and just released the delightful hors d'oeuvres "Body Biology." The song is a bittersweet, frenzied fuzz pop song with OTT tendencies and a maddening irresistibility. Brown's sonic alter ego, Pizzagirl's punch-drunk moxie makes for a hell of an earworm.