When I started listening to music podcasts, I would often read the show notes and dismiss entire episodes based on the artist or genre. It was kind of defeating the main purpose behind the whole experiment. My exercise in not being that guy was being undermined by me being that guy. I broke the cycle with the country episode of KEXP’s Music That Matters podcast. These days I don’t even read the episode description, I just listen to the music.
That’s how I found Got a Girl. If you had told me a year ago that one of my favorite songs of the last six months was going to be a peon to 60s French New Wave cool, I probably would have pulled your fedora down over your ears and smacked you with your artisanal sour dough starter necklace. Mary Elizabeth Winstead – actress – and Dan the Automator – nerd hip hop producer – would have been an act that I would have noped right over.
“Did We Live Too Fast” is the first release from their 2014 album, I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff.
This is homage music. It’s smooth, well-produced and done with an obvious affection bordering on reverence. Everytime this song comes on, the world turns black and white and everyone is smoking French cigarettes. I’m late meeting the beautiful Russian double agent with the stems up to her eyebrows. In other words, this is spy music. It feels a little like Portishead, but instead of opiate powered electronic 007, this is more martini-fueled retro pop Bond, and it’s really quite superb.