Tim: Em Appelgren, a Swedish singer; Valence, an Australian producer; one question: are you up for it?
Tim: So for the first eight or nine seconds I was all “pineapples out, then”, but then that guitar twang hit, and I wondered if it was about to go a bit country on us. It wasn’t of course, but it did get me wondering what tropical country pop might sound like. Probably fairly awful, really, so let’s move on.
Tom: There are a strange selection of instruments in here, aren’t there? Synth pads, that country twang sample, and what sounds like the ‘whistle’ MIDI instrument off a cheap early 90s keyboard. It does sort-of work together, I suppose.
Tim: I quite like this track, largely because of the lyrics and how the unabashedly disgraceful lines like “join me if you’re open-minded” contrast slightly with the first verse’s projection of her as really quite a nice responsible person.
Tom: Bold choices in the middle eight: both the talking part and going acapella for a while. If you’re doing dance-pop that’s a long time to not have anything to dance to.
Tim: True, I suppose, though once that’s worn off it’s turned into very much a standard dance pop banger of a track, particularly around the end of the track when everything’s just chucked in together and stirred all over the place; I guess there’s nothing wrong with that, though. I’ll take it.