Steve Horowitz: This is a very catchy and delightful song. McCombs keeps it mellow without letting the music dither into nonsense or meaning. The music just is and pleasantly drones on in a positive, if not joyful manner. What’s up with the tea cups baffles me, but it is entertaining and the title is “Opposite House” and I get the central conceit. However, the song is the star and deserves wide airplay for people listening on the highways and byways. It’s road music in the highest sense. [8/10]
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Chris Ingalls: This shiny, gleaming collaboration with Susanne Sundfor is a pure pop confection, and a damn catchy one at that. Diving deep into a retro dance sound, the production is thick with layers of keyboards, slippery synth bass lines and an infectious beat that all but guarantees a club smash. It’s like day-glo ABBA in a shopping mall in the ‘80s. [7/10]
Shelbi Bennett is a mesmerizing frontwoman with her moving, commanding voice that draws the listener right into the Midnight Pine‘s delicious stew of psych, soul, and folk. On “Vice”, slinky guitar lines, Stax-style horns intertwine among Bennett’s bluesy, velvet vocals. The group will release their third album, The Midnight Pine, on October 7th via the Redwoods Music and they have a special album release show scheduled for October 5th in Los Angeles at the Satellite.
Adriane Pontecorvo: Kanye West samples some of the best house and soul from the second half of the 20th century and puts a modern twist on some Flashdance moves. That strong retro feel holds the song together, elevating it while Ty Dolla $ign and Post Malone sing up a thunderstorm. Keeping those vocals at a minimal serves the song well, giving them a few climactic moments without forcing them to try and overshadow the classic samples, which have much more staying power and a far greater ability to hook the listener. A quick, well-constructed single that moves quickly and takes its cues from the best part of each decade it touches. [8/10]