November 21, 2012

Sound Bites: Fiona Apple, Free Energy and JoJo

Fiona Apple's "Dull Tool"

2012's Best of list season is in full swing here on AwkwardSound, and Fiona Apple has already made her presence felt on this year’s 25 Best Songs with a cut off her latest album, The Idler Wheel… The purveyor of love cynicism is also contributing a new non-album track, “Dull Tool,” to the forthcoming Judd Apatow romantic comedy, This Is 40, which you can listen to below. In other news, Apple has been forced to postpone her upcoming South American tour so that she can tend to her ailing canine confidant, Janet. In typical Fiona fashion, she handwrote a long-winded and emotional explanation about her decision.

Free Energy's "Hangin'"

Last we heard from Philly power-poppers Free Energy, they weren't having such slick luck with the ladies on "Dance All Night," the second listen off their forthcoming sophomore effort Love Sign, due out January 15th via their own Free People label. Bad romance aside, the production and technical prowess of the quintet on their latest album is sounding as sharp as ever and keeping their spirits up, as evidenced by its newest hook-heavy  hot-stepper "Hangin." For better (their music) and for worse (their chick luck,) it sounds like Uncle Rivers Cuomo may have given his boys some advice when they hopped aboard the Weezer cruise a few years back...

JoJo's "We Get By"

This past summer, JoJo let loose "Demonstrate," a sultry single that signaled her transformation from former TRL chart topper-turned-sophisticated pop star, featuring some cred-worthy help by Drake's main man, Noah "40" Shabib. Like fellow fashionably-sounding major label limbo counterpart Sky Ferreira, JoJo has undergone a directional crisis, canned the idea of calling her next album "Jumping Trains" and is currently back at work reshaping the sound of her long-delayed third LP. Next month, she'll be releasing a mixtape, Agápē, featuring new material that will give listeners a better idea as to where she's going "We Get By" is one of those cuts, a street beat listen that would have fit comfortably into the early '90s R&B-pop radio scene.

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