Working with Linda Perry of 4 Non-Blondes, being covered by Tila Tequila and making the Hairspray soundtrack are just a few standouts in the career of long-time singer/songwriter Aimee Allen. IAMX is the over-the-top enigmatic persona of musician Chris Corner’s solo project. Composed of emcees Tunji and Toby, Inverse is another hip hop duo sharing friendship and a passion for music that transcends all cultural difference. Eugene McGuiness is a musician hailing from Liverpool who released his self-titled debut LP last fall. Full of youthful bravado and based in Los Angeles, hip hop duo New Boyz recently dropped EP Skinny Jeans and a Mic.
Aimee has a very decent voice. There’s an intrinsic sweetness to it that I imagine works well juxtaposed against sad lyrics. That could be really cool. But this video feels a bit lazy to me. And it could be that I would rather see a female artist sing about something other than a break-up (the topic is a little tired, no?) or it could be that the inherent “cheese,” while intentionally ironic, is just a little too much for me to handle. Whatever the case, unfortunately I’m not overly-enthusiastic about this video.
“Think Of England”
It was funny that some people in the comments section last week seemed to be over the 80s comeback that is taking place. I’m actually still reveling in it. I love how this song has the dark edge and electronica of an 80s pop song; that big encapsulating sound that eventually fades into a quiet spoken interlude and explodes into the instrumental again. I still think it’s great. The video’s a bit boring and Corner could have stood to make a more interesting visually accompaniment, but all around I like this very much.
I really like the string/piano intro and I do appreciate the fact that the duo have such a great cultural divide (that they have successfully managed to cross) and that they’re willing to discuss it so openly. However, the lyrics do not display a great variety of lyrical wordplay and the song mostly falls back on the chorus, which in all honesty, I don’t find to be that strong or that original. I think there is a lot of potential here, but I want to see these artists become a bit more thrilling, a bit more challenging. I want to see them take a few risks.
In addition to using the slow-motion stop footage that we’ve seen a thousand times before, this guy also decided to rip off the Beatles “Ed Sullivan” look to emphasis that there’s not really anything original here. I’ll admit this is kind of an oxymoron, but the song is entirely too busy while also being entirely too short. The sound grates on my nerves until it descends into a repetition of the chorus for the last thirty seconds. (And the song is only about 2 mintues total!) No, no, no. Please try again sir.
“You’re A Jerk”
Okay, I enjoyed this way more than I expected. Mostly because I had an amused grin on my face the entire time. (Would these boys really know what to do with the ladies if they should ever be so lucky? Doubtful.) But their age makes the cockiness just seem a bit cute. Hopefully they’ll grow out of it after puberty in time to become serious artists. But I’ll be damned if this song isn’t catchy and the dancing isn’t a heck of a lot of fun to watch. It’s a good summertime track.
I know everyone thinks I will give it to IAMX this week but I’m going to surprise you all and give my pick to New Boyz for their sheer outrageous behavior and in honor of this laid back season. This is not in anyway to condone their treatment of women. Hopefully, the young ladies have learned this is nonsense by now. But oh, they do make me laugh. Alright kids, leave me your opinions in the comments section.