Blame the Regina Spektor/Megan Joy Corkrey school of precocious over-enunciation for what this New Jersey sister act gets up to vocally, but its arrangements—ramshackle-yet-tidy, homespun, mawkish folk-pop—almost compensate for the vowel throttling. And if you're thinking that "sticky" is sexual in this context, you're a sicko.
Lots going on under this late-model S-lab hood—something of a samba influence, forward momentum driven by insistent pianos, inventive use of a limited range of notes—but I'm more intrigued by what's happening on the low-end level here. Beneath the drums and bass, a sampler-borne effect that suggests a welterweight pummeling and flooring an opponent plays in blink-and-miss-it loop. Weird. Subversive? Hmmm.
On tonight's episode of Parenthood, mousy, sensitive high-school libertine Amber Holt (Mae Whitman) arrives home to discover that her new mirror allows her to peer into an alternate (if similar) reality and communicate with a slightly different version of herself; unpolished Atlas Sound demos waft by on the soundtrack as the two Ambers awkwardly compare notes and cigarette brands.
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