Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Alessia Cara finally follows up Here

Here - Alessia Cara's true-life tale of a terrible night out - was one of the most captivating singles of last year. For some reason, it faltered at number 28 in the UK despite giving the Canadian star a number five hit in the US. But then, chart positions don't really matter any more because the music industry is irreparably broken.

Over in the States, though, Here's slow-burning success (it took 25 weeks to crack the top five) meant the follow-up was put on the back burner for months. Now, finally, there's a video for Wild Things, an exuberant call to arms for a generation of outsiders.

It sees the singer running about town with her friends, causing all sorts of PG-rated trouble and generally looking like the cast of Degrassi Junior High. "To me, Where The Wild Things Are is a place that exists in our minds," theorises Alessia in a spoken-word intro. "It's a place of liberty and shamelessness. It can take a split second or a lifetime to find it, but once you do, you’ll be free."

To be honest, my ears took a while to adjust Alessia Cara being upbeat - shouldn't she be moping around a car park like a Canadian version of Lorde? But I shed my preconceptions, Wild Things turned out to be a classy, polished pop song with a insidiously catchy chorus.

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