Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Petite Meller - Backpack

Single review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

Remember how the 1980s destroyed the saxophone as a legitimate instrument for use in good songs? The poor thing got slaughtered by tracks like 'Careless Whisper' by George Michael and 'Your Latest Trick' by Dire Straits. Both songs should be banned, purely for being so soul-crushingly awful. With recent years seeing the music world picking bits from the rotting carcass of that decade and shaping them into decent music again, music that failed the first time around but is now being revisited with more success, the sax has come back into fashion, generally being put to better use. Petite Meller pulls some of that sax straight from those hideous excuses for music and uses it to start single 'Backpack'.

There's no need to worry though, because Backpack is actually a decent alt-pop song. Writing in both French and English lyrically, the music has a slight continental European vibe to it as well. This may have been influenced by songs from that era but it sounds modern; this is a successful reinvention. The song is really sweet with a great melody and a vocal that it's difficult not to like (unless you want a fearsome metal hit). It's funky, it's dreampop and it's jazzy retro synth music at the same time, but together it all conspires to have an almost indiepop feel (swap a few instruments around and you'd be there). So well done Petite Meller, you're putting right some of history's wrongs.

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