Cults - "You Know What I Mean"

Immediately a leading contender for song of 2011, Cults' "You Know What I Mean" takes the vague 1950s swing that colored offerings like last year's Best Coast record or the Tennis release, and distills it into a two-part stomp. Opening with innocent snaps and a melody that is very nearly the Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)", the arrangement takes a turn for the bombastic, throwing reverb and snare under the same simple snaps, all backed by a wide sweeping set of strings. The delicate becomes furious, the cute elements of a sing-song refrain in metamorphosis toward something else, still brittle but entirely uncompromising.

You Know What I Mean by cultscultscults

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