The first thing I thought of upon hearing this most recent earworm is, “Wow, shades of The Miami Soundmachine.” And apparently I’m not alone because the very same day, CBC Radio 3 Bloggers and Radio 3 host Grant Lawrence were all voicing similar opinions of this new song from the band Hey Ocean! It’s not a remake or anything, but the sound brings back some great memories of “Conga” just based on the way the refrain is delivered in a kind of rapid-fire way.
On top of this, it’s very peppy and very upbeat. It’s now at the top of my “Energize” playlist for those times when I find myself slowing down too much at work. If you do not feel compelled to tap your foot to this song (at an absolute minimum), I recommend contacting your physician immediately. It’s a song about dancing that actually achieves the goal of making people want to dance.
The lyrics are not overly deep or meaningful. This is bubble-gum pop stuff, but that’s not a bad thing. Saddling people with deep, thought-provoking lyrics would kind of detract from the way the music drives you to get up and move your ass. Besides, Hey Ocean has plenty of other fantastic songs which have the lyrics covered–this one is fine to be fun based on pure sound.
As usual, you can hear the song at the CBC Radio 3 page, AND, at least for right now, Hey Ocean! has made this track available as a free download on their Facebook page (you can also stream some of their other tracks–I also recommend “Fish”). Load it up, revel in the memories of 80s Miami Sound Machine Goodness in a shiny new Canadian package…and make a new dance up.