Hear Queer :: New Music from Cheyenne, Beach, and Marques Toliver
The past couple year, you haven’t been able to turn on the radio without hearing the soaring work of Sia Furler, whether as featured vocalist (for example, David Guetta’s ’’Titanium’’) or as lead writer (Rihanna’s ’’Diamonds’’). Soon enough we’ll hear new work, recorded on Britney Spears’s forthcoming album.
But if there’s any justice in the world, next on the radio will be one of the three tracks the bisexual Aussie co-wrote with her gay pal Cheyenne Jackson. Yes, the handsome stage and screen actor, probably best known from "Glee" and "30 Rock," has ventured into pop music, with his strong debut set "I’m Blue, Skies."
’’Lend me a hand today,’’ Jackson pleads on ’’Don’t Look at Me,’’ my pick as the best of the three tracks Sia co-wrote with Jackson for the set. It’s a very Sia-esque minor-key dramatic ballad, with vocal lines that soar and showcase in fine fashion Jackson’s serious pipes. Chances are it will also remind you of old Elton John with its stark piano accompaniment.
"I’m Blue, Skies"
Shiny Boy Music
"I’m Blue, Skies" mostly traffics in uplifting sentiment, with buoyant pop songs that draw as much from folk, country and ’70s-era rock as Broadway -- yet most of it seems custom-built for today’s pop chart. The set launches with ’’Before You,’’ a sweet ukulele-driven ditty that might be too cloying for some, but would certainly appeal to Jason Mraz fans. Meanwhile, fans of Maroon 5, even Justin Timberlake, would find favor in ’’Drive,’’ a pure pop song with a sweet, soaring melody and lilting guitar lines. Tacked on to the end of the set is a very good, very Avicii-like remix of ’’Drive,’’ from an up-and-coming fellow Swedish dance producer -- and Avicii collaborator -- Conaire.
In other words, if you don’t hear Cheyenne Jackson on the radio in the near future, it will be a serious oversight.
DOWNLOAD THESE: ’’Drive,’’ ’’Not Ready to Let You Go,’’ ’’Don’t Look At Me’’
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