I've listened to "Sale City," the new song from New Orleans duo Generationals (Grant Widmer and Ted Joyner) several times now, and I'm still not sure why I like it so much. I just know that I do. I think it's partly because it sounds like the singer, who recalls Split Enz' Neil Finn, is singing "fucking destiny." And I guess he is, since Amazon is listing their self-released EP, Lucky Numbers, as "explicit." Right on. (I hate it when someone appears to be swearing, but they really aren't, except for Parliament's FCC-safe "Tear the roof off the mother, sucker," because that still sounds dirty.)
And although I try to avoid trendy jargon like chillwave and darkwave—because built-in obsolesence is a drag—"Sale City" probably qualifies as a little of both (I prefer more enduring terms like synth-pop). Bonus points for the cold ending.
I was wondering why the song felt so familiar. Then, while walking to work this morning, it came to me: it reminds me of this chilly, robotic, synth-pop classic.
Lucky Numbers is out now. Generationals play the Tractor Tavern on Nov 9.