Mainstream indie-pop seventies-rock with a post-punk twist: hooyoosay's new single "My obsession" cannot easily be labeled with a simple one-word tag.
Their rendition of the song brings a fresh and innovative, catchy and intriguing approach of a rather obscure 1967 Rolling Stones track.
Contrary to the coarse and roaring Rolling Stones signature original, hooyoosay's whispery and sensual lead vocal interprets the song lyrics in such a way that a slightly humorous but definitely light-hearted undertone is added.
The overall sound is reminiscent of late seventies rock, a good dose of Ian Dury-like characteristics being injected.
At the same time the continuously pounding drum beats give the track enough of a contemporary dance-feel to possibly also appeal to listeners of Rihanna, Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and the likes.
Still the whole package breathes a gentle softness, clearing it from the fatiguing impact that some stellar productions occasionally might impose.
For the so-called b-side, hooyoosay chose to record Allen Toussaint's "Pain in my heart" in a modest arrangement, as an intimate, melancholic, acoustic jazzy blues ballad.
A video for both songs can be watched on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ts45wOgGwY.
Or visit hooyoosay's brand new artist website, http://hooyoosay.com, where the single can be streamed and downloaded, and where many more recordings, artwork and videos by hooyoosay can be found.
If you 'd have missed to notice their full album "In dekay" before, this new single, combining the verve of "My obsession" and the gloominess of "Pain in my heart", makes for a compelling introduction to hooyoosay.