Happy April, everyone! I’ve been an absent blogger for the last few weeks because I’ve been busy carting my poor dog in and out of the vet (he’s all better now!), interviewing cool artists and people in the industry, job hunting my life away, eating cookies, etc. During that time, I also built a fresh portfolio to pass around to friends, family and prospective employers. Think of it as a one-stop shop for all my work in the digisphere, with new additions on the way. Check it out here.
I have a few things that I want to share over the next few weeks, but for now, I really, really need to talk about this new All Saints track. In case you missed the entirety of the 90s/early 2000s pop era, All Saints is a UK-based girl group that came out around the same time as the Spice Girls. Though they didn’t break into the North American market nearly as well as the Spice Girls, they had tremendous success in the UK and beyond, often being poised as an alternative to the Spices, cargo pants and crop tops included.
Admittedly, I heard a lot of All Saints music, but as an 8 year-old, I was convinced that the Spice Girls were just better than those girls. It’s interesting though – as the years have passed, I found myself revisiting some of All Saints old music again and again, finding a lot more to enjoy about their deeply emotional and raw pop sound. Don’t get me wrong – I still love the Spice Girls to the point that I would sing ‘Mama’ in a school talent show again (true story, circa Grade 2), but All Saints definitely rose in the ranks over the years.
And now, THEY’RE BACK! The girls have reunited for a fourth album called Red Flag, out in the UK in one week. As of right now, they’ve got a few songs from their new album floating around, including their lead single “One Strike”. Inspired by All Saint’s member Nicole Appleton’s divorce from Oasis singer Liam Gallagher, this song sounds perfectly aligned with previous All Saints material while bringing in a solid dose of mature pop to 2016.
I wish more people were talking about this song, because it’s brilliant. It seems like the ladies behind All Saints were really focused on a passion project, and it shines through this synth-driven reminisce. I’m encouraging you all to give this a listen so much that I’ve included both the recorded and live version of the songs.
Please, friends. Don’t let All Saints be the Carly Rae Jepsen tragedy of 2016. Plus I’m sort of starting a campaign to get the group to perform here in Toronto (where Nicole and sister/member Natalie are originally from, by the way). If you’re not quite convinced, give Pure Shores a listen as well. It was featured in a Leonardo DiCaprio movie, so you know there is legitimacy to that endorsement.