Friday, 10 October 2014

Art of the Cover - Got A Girl's "I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now" (2014)

In the grand tradition of great pop duos like Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, Captain and Tenille, Simon and Garfunkel, Hall and Oates, and Shields and Yarnell; Got a Girl is the blossoming collaboration between Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Dan Nakamura (aka Dan The Automator)'.

Musician/producer Nakamura is known for his work with Gorillaz, Kool Keith, Handsome Boy Modeling School and others. As well as, seemingly, spending a lot of time taking nude selfies, Mary Elizabeth Winstead is an actress (Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Sky High, Deathproof) and also a singer. The two met on a film set, bonding over a shared passion for 60s French pop. 

A chance encounter during the filming of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - which featured several songs by Nakamura - led the pair to an unexpected meeting of minds and musical tastes. On a whim, Nakamura invited Winstead to join him in his studio. A few sessions later, the duo realized that something fabulous and unpredictable was happening. 

'It started out as just an interesting experiment,' says Winstead. 'And then we realized, 'Hey, what we're doing is really good.' We'd recorded a dozen songs, each one coming from a different place, but there was a unifying vibe to all of them.... All of a sudden, it felt like we were doing an album.' 

The common theme to their collaborations was 'romance,' says Nakamura, but just not in the way you traditionally think of it. 'When we say 'romance,' we re talking about lifestyle and attitude, in addition to relationships and mood.' Distilling and decanting the spirits of John Keats and Charlotte Corday, Chopin and nouvelle chanson, Got a Girl serves up a sweet and sharply carbonated cocktail of the epic, the baroque, the absurd by turns sentimental and postmodern, and in total, utterly irresistible.

Fluxblog confirms the album "sounds like French and Brazilian pop from the mid-20th century," while UK blog Dots And Dashes describes a "kooky pseudo-travelogue centered around their shared penchant for the Swinging 60s, Winstead's blase sighs complemented by the Automator's keen ear for swoonsome yet louche retrospective soundscaping."


1. Did We Live Too Fast
2. I'll Never Hold You Back
3. Close To You
4. Everywhere I Go
5. Last Stop
6. Revolution
7. Things Will Never Be the Same
8. So Happy
9. Midnight Flight
10. La La La
11. Da Da Da
12. Heavenly

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