Carly Rae Jepsen is proficient in The Art Of Sparkly Bubblegum Pop, we know: From “Call Me Maybe” to “This Kiss” to “I Really Like You,” she’s proven capable of supplying #UnapologeticallyEarnest, undeniably catchy earworms time and time again.
But what happens when the chipper crooner teams up with magic-makers Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid, co-creators of The Best Song Of 2012, Sky Ferreira‘s “Everything Is Embarrassing,” among dozens of others of masterpieces?
Warm, silky greatness…that’s what.
Far from being Top 40 radio bait, the slow-burning sparkle — which she’s referred to as “the heart song” of her record — is more like something you’d hear on Dev’s latest record as Blood Orange (Cupid Deluxe), or perhaps Jessie Ware‘s Tough Love. The inviting, sensual ’80’s-tinged production makes for some major late night baby makin’ mood music, and Jepsen’s soothing, girlish reassurances provide the gentlest little kisses along the way.
This is no bubbly pop bop: It’s Pitchfork-friendly left-lane material, y’all! Not that they’ll ever give her the time of day, of course.
“All That” isn’t like anything we’ve heard from a post-“Call Me Maybe” Carly, but it’s a great sign of the more mature direction she could potentially take this project after “I Really Like You.” If nothing else, it’s certainly more indicative of her personal musical taste: Did you know she stans for Sky, Blood Orange and Tegan & Sara, and really just ‘gets’ it in general when it comes to good pop?
Turn down the lights, light a candle and let Carly Rae into your loving arms.
“All That” was released on April 4. (iTunes)