A few years ago, the Swedish singer Sally Shapiro perfected a particularly twee and wispy form of gleaming synthetic Italo-disco, one that offered a pretty perfect contrast between icy and warm. She hasn’t released an album since her 2009 sophomore joint My Guilty Pleasure, but she’ll return early next year with the new LP Somewhere Else. Its first single, the tender and flute-laced “What Can I Do” tips the balance of her sound more heavily toward twee than it’s ever been before. Listen to it and check out the album’s tracklist below. The title of the song “This City’s Local Italo Disco DJ Has A Crush On Me” might be the realest shit she ever wrote.
02 “I Dream With An Angel Tonight”
03 “All My Life”
04 “This City’s Local Italo Disco DJ Has A Crush On Me”
05 “What Can I Do”
06 “If It Doesn’t Rain”
08 “Starman” (Feat. Electric Youth)
09 “Lives Together”
10 “Don’t Be Afraid” (Feat. Anoraak)
11 “Architectured Love” (Feat. Le Prix)
Somewhere else is out 2/26 on Paper Bag. The “What Can I Do” single is out 11/20.
Though many New York neighborhoods have gotten back on their feet, more devastated areas like Red Hook, the Far Rockaways and Staten Island still direly need emergency relief and support. WNYC has a comprehensive round-up for ways to help. Also, donating to the Red Cross makes an impact and it’s easy. Organizations like the Red Hook Initiative and Occupy Sandy also have ways to donate directly (including this cool Amazon “Wedding Registry“).