First Impressions: Sam Sparro & 'The Shallow End'
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Yes, I know. You've been holding it in, and now you can let it all out, just go ease on down the road, vogue, dougie, soul clap, do whatever you please, as I won't blame you because Sam Sparro has returned...to paradise that is. Looking like a re-incarnation of Freddie Mercury (it's the 'porn 'stache' no less), Sparro was inspired by the 1978-1984 Disco/Post-Disco bracket for his sophomore set, Return To Paradise, a project that took two years to assemble with a various group of guest writers and musicians (one including favorite Swedish export, Erik Hassle), but one that is officially a done deal.
With his latest single, "The Shallow End" he's not stretching the truth about his sound influences as everything is in it's place for a fantastic voyage of fun. You've got fat bass licks that roll along, urgent percussion, Sparro's soul boy croons, and a saxophone solo (!!) to top it all off. Truly it's not the seedy epic thunder of "Black and Gold", but it's refreshingly carefree and kinetic---plus wildly catchy. With this on deck, I'm even more excited for the whole enchilada of Paradise as of late I had been missing me some Sparro. So put on those boogie shoes and take a look after the cut to view the L.A.-Instagrammy-homage music video to "The Shallow End", and feast your ears on the funk that Sparro built.