Dragonette Pick Up the Phone
As a big fan of Dragonette's debut album, Galore, I have to admit a sense of disappointment at their recent singles Fixin' To Thrill - it didn't - and the other one with the country video, Gone Too Far. But a Man In The Know alerted me at the time that there was much I'd love on their new album. He was right: Pick Up The Phone is sublime (and actually superior to the mellow remix that leaked this summer).
The video has great lighting and color effects and a few moments that remind me of early Madonna videos, with Martine running around having a laugh. She's cut from the same effortlessly cool cloth as Deborah Harry and Pat Benatar: confident, a little bit insouciant, and beautiful without using that beauty as a crutch. It's only the smart boys who realize some of the tomboys were actually the hottest girls. And Martine has great style - look at her feet in this clip. To quote Prince, "Isn't life a little better with a pair of good shoes?"
If you don't already know Dragonette, their 2007 album is on iTunes. Favorite tracks: Competition, Take It Like A Man, I Get Around and the ballad that belatedly nailed me in 2008, Another Day.