Okay, I feel like mixtape questions are about the laziest questions you can ask, and yet I'm going to lose my mind if I listen to these two songs back-to-back one more time. I'm listening, non-stop and endlessly, to Hozier's
Here is what I think they have in common, but I'm open to suggestions.
They ooze sex, obviously. More specifically, sexual frustration? This isn't a requirement for the songs you give me but I feel like it links thematically into the sound I'm looking for, which is the slow, crooning beginning that ends up at a completely over-the-top breakdown in the chorus.
Basically, I really love songs where, at the beginning, you could imagine the singer approaching the microphone in a silent auditorium, completely poised and polished, and then by the end, they're a sweaty wreck and their hair's all wild and the crowd is losing it and screaming. You know what I mean?
A song that's almost
like that, but maybe lacking a certain je ne sais quoi of sexiness is Pulp's Like a Friend.
It's not quite there, but it's close. I feel like a lot of Ray Lamontagne song's almost get there but don't go wild enough - although I haven't listened to everything he's done, so if you can think of a song that works, tell me.
Female vocalists are also very welcome.