I had quite the successful thrift-store haul yesterday; Fergie’s Dutchess, Lindsay Lohan’s A Little More Personal, Rihanna’s Loud, Shakira’s Pies Descalzos, and Hillary Duff’s self-titled record – all for under $10! My lifelong quest to obtain every piece of pop content continues to go smoothly, and with today’s digital discovery of Carrie Lane, that trend only continues as her debut EP California Freaks is a concise package of pop bliss.
The standout single of the EP is undoubtedly “Florida Keys”, a summery bop with modern dance-floor production that’s complemented by bright ukulele work, all working in tandem alongside Lane’s arresting vocals. It finds the perfect balance between contemporary pop sensibilities and tropical stylings that bind the album together as Lane has already conceived a consistent sound through which she confidently navigates from various angles. While “Florida Keys” occupies the steamy dance realm,”Think About It” is the low-key R&B jam and “If I Can’t Be With You” is the pure pop outing just waiting for radio and commercial placement. With that presentation of genuine diversity woven through a defined aesthetic, Lane has an impressive introductory work on her hands that I’ll be spinning on repeat as LA’s summer heat continues to swell.