Glass Candy – Warm in the Winter
Disco (and its derivations, particularly house music) is often somewhat limited in its emotional and lyrical palette. Because it’s music designed explicitly for communal dancing, it tends towards simple generic optimistic exhortations.
Being the cynical and depressive person I am, this mode often seems “cheesy” to me; I am frequently drawn towards artists and songs (which we won’t re-hash here) that use certain disco-derived tropes, but take them in more melancholy directions, sometimes sharpening their edges or twisting them into darker shapes.
But once in a while, something more traditionally uplifting breaks through to me like a ray of sunshine anyway. Somehow these guileless songs take all that cheese, and they OWN it, and they SELL it, and I BUY it.
The Juan Maclean – Happy House (Edit)
Not sure if it’s related to the fact that the lyrics are seemingly addressed directly to ME, but they make me happy almost against my will. Resistance is futile.
They’re like the the pop-music equivalent of mindless fun summer popcorn flicks, except the explosions are in your heart instead of onscreen.
If these three tracks can make a grouch like me smile, maybe they can make you smile too.
Gui Boratto – Beautiful Life (Edit)