Song obsessions are those songs that get stuck in your head. This series of posts isn’t about what I or the other panel members think is best, but what our brain latches onto, those ear worms that loop around and around in your head.
The Very Best: I’ve been a fan for a while (since their first mixtape) and I’m always excited when new material comes out. But, still, it was ridiculous when I first heard this track; I must have played this song a dozen times in a row. I’ve listened to it a few dozen since. It’s just a very catchy chorus matched with Esau’s and K’naan’s verses; it’s simultaneously very universal and very African at the same time.
As for the Halstead track, it’s also been going around my head–I can’t agree with Sandy below more.
This song embodies everything that a great summer song obsession should be: ridiculously catchy hook, foot-tapping rhythm, über-joyous melody, and a top down, wind-in-your-hair feel that will bring a smile to just about everyone’s face. Add to that an enthusiastic vocal styling not wholly unlike early Beatles, and “Bright Whites” has become summer 2012 almost-anthem for me.
The song just has an ease to it. You warm to it immediately, you can almost hum along at first listen. It doesn’t go away – just a great track from a great songwriter.