Tuesday, June 12, 2012

HEAR THIS: Queen of Hearts Goes 'Neon'

If you ever need proof that the UK does it better than us when it comes to pop music, I could give you a list a mile long. Latest to be added to the list -- Queen of Hearts.

The Queen of Hearts project has been spinning in the hype machine since around 2011. That's when The Arrival EP landed and brought us some really great pieces of pop ("Where Are You Now?" and "Shoot the Bullet" come to mind). Recently, Her Majesty has reared her head again, even deeper into her image development via the double A-Side Neon/Tears In the Rain.

"Neon" harkens feels for Goldfrapp's "Train", et. all -- meaning, basically, it's a dark, electro stormer. "Tears In the Rain" is the real 'queen' -- quietly unassuming, haunting and slowly building to a gorgeous climax of subdued emotion. Both are incredible.

If homegirl's face or voice sounds familiar, it should. She is actually 1/3 of the former Red Blooded Women, a group I stanned for in the early days of this blog. To keep up the mystique swirling around the Queen of Hearts project, I won't point out which 1/3 she is, but you can read an interview I snagged with the group in its original formation back in March of 2009(!) here.

For the sake of nostalgia, I'll just leave this one here...

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