Tessa Violet & Chloe Moriondo – Words Ain’t Enough
It takes someone extremely confident of one’s own talent to toss away good songs with the full-hearted belief that more material of similar quality will become available to them in the not too distant future. Bob Dylan notoriously did this and, for the most part, he was right. (In fact Tessa Violet & Chloe Moriondo’s “Word Ain’t Enough” does remind me of the tremendous bootleg-fated “Can’t leave her behind“). Others, like the Smiths or Oasis, attempted this in their prime and were wrong to be this wasteful.
Tossing away song-magic in the form of humble 2-minute folk sing-alongs is a tricky business. But, it is in its unpretentious nature that the melancholy of “Words Ain’t Enough” shines through.
Benefitting the experiment is a similarly unobtrusive music video that plays into the strengths of the music duo. The singers appear in a Wes Anderson-like universe enacting their relationship woes with teddy bears as their counterparts.
“Word Ain’t Enough” is a breezy, effortlessly delivered performance.
Eve Adams – You’re Not Wrong
“You’re Not Wrong“, the jazz animated single by Eve Adams, seems to be blessed with all the weight of a feather gently being whisked away towards the sky and way out of view. This is certainly the kind of musical style that is, by definition, gentle in its approach. However, this song, if soundtracking a motion picture, would be playing in the scene showing the gruesome conclusion to a hard-fought battle. “You’re not wrong” is a song about giving up, a theme not often explored in popular music.
All of this might, perhaps, not translate as easily as it does were it not for Eve Adams’ beautiful voice, one that sounds both ethereal and haunted. Her tone is pristine, but she does not rely solely on her singing chops to sell the song. There’s a singer-songwriter confessional feeling to the entire piece.
“You’re Not Wrong” works best as the soundtrack to the final act of an imaginary film. It guarantees nothing about the story’s ending. This, perhaps, is why it works so well.