Ellie Goulding’s New Smash, and Songs from ZACPOOR, Pet Shop Boys, The Presets, Bim, and a K-Pop hit from Psy

Ellie Goulding “Anything Could Happen”

Clearly, the song of the week, and possibly for the next several months, until the arrival of her new album Halcyon, is Ellie Goulding’s “Anything Could Happen”.  Right from its first bar, it bridges the gap nicely between alt.pop fans of Kate Bush and the massively successful sound for those who enjoy Adele.  Its tidy, sparse sound will resonate from stereos and radios and draw people in instantly.  I enjoyed Ellie’s last record, preferring songs like “Starry Eyed” and her free download of The Weeknd’s “High For This” over the growing radio success of “Lights”.  “Anything Could Happen” also to me contains her best vocal – especially at the soulful acapella part.  It will be absolutely everywhere in the Fall, so be prepared!

ZACPOOR “Skyscraper” and “Lego House”

Now you must know that I won’t bring you a cover version (or two) unless I think it’s special.  L.A. singer ZACPOOR first came to my attention a couple of years ago with a fine mid-tempo ballad called “She’ll Be Breaking Hearts”.  Since then, all kinds of good has happened to him, connecting with hot producer MDL.  As advance notice of ZACPOOR’s upcoming full release, we have a taste of the collaboration with covers of Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper” and Ed Sheeran’s “Lego House”.  Yes, I know covers of both songs have been viral in volume since their releases.  But it’s ZACPOOR’s voice, which has progressed so much since I first heard him, that makes both cover versions much bigger than life.  “Skyscraper” (a free download, no less!), in fact, blows Demi’s original right out of the water, it’s such a goddamn hard song to sing anyway, and ZACPOOR completely nails it.  His version of “Lego House” has a strong element of class about it that isn’t present in the original.  Both songs are for those who truly appreciate interpretations of songs that turn out so unique.  Absolutely can’t wait till ZACPOOR’s album is upon us!  Listen to both below.

Pet Shop Boys “A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi”

Unlike the much-too-low key “Winner”, ” A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi”, from the EP of “Winner”, which is due in Canada on August 28, is classic PSB, in good company with their equally charming songs such as “What Have I Done To Deserve This?”, “Love, Etc.”, and “I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind Of Thing”, with a Neil Tennant vocal at its finest and a great rhythm and melody for summer driving.  Listen (and of course dance to it) below.

The Presets “Ghosts”

While I’m still digging the initial release of “Youth In Trouble” from their upcoming album Pacifica, Aussie duo The Presets have released the official first single, “Ghosts”.   As with “Youth” and many of their most popular songs like “My People”, “Ghosts” has incredible atmosphere with Julian’s commanding and anthemic vocal – why do I envision him on a pirate ship? 😉 Sure to fill the dance floors everywhere, look for Pacifica to be The Presets’ best and most successful effort yet.  The three years between albums will be well worth the wait.

Bim “Lights Out”

Following the very different sounding but entertaining “Scream” from this past Spring, UK male/female duo Bim are back with “Lights Out”, available to you as a free download in anticipation of their next full album following 2010’s gorgeous Scatterheart.  “Lights Out”, like “Scream”, is a lot more forceful and urgent than the songs on the downside of love which we heard from Bim on Scatterheart.  Bigger choruses, and more alternating vocals between the singers, go hand in hand with their talent of making songs with stunning climactic moments.  Listen closely and revel in this one – more great songs coming from this talented pair.  Watch the video below.

Psy “Gangnam Style”

K-Pop looks to finally break out huge worldwide thanks to Psy’s “Gangnam Style”, and in particular its very flashy and fun video.  I’m not much of a fan of the song, which is an updated knockoff of Technotronic’s “Pump Up The Jam”, among others.  But the good time delivery by singer as well as its knockout video – especially the choreography in the last minute or so – will mean that you will be hearing it at weddings and other similar events for years to come.

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  1. […] soon without hearing Ellie Goulding’s magnificent new “Anything Could Happen”, as I wrote about on the weekend, but in the meantime her rendition of The Weeknd’s “High For This” is up to […]

  2. […] and wrote about him around five years ago.  It looked like something was about to blow up in 2012 when he sang a cover of “Skyscraper” that totally floored me, and I wrote about him again at year’s end that year as one of the […]

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