One of the best songs of 2007 is Melinda Jackson's brilliant debut solo single, "Fall In Love". Australian pop music has rarely sounded this inspired. "Fall In Love" hasn't exactly set the charts on fire but I guess that is to be expected in a country where the sound of drowning cat on Valium (ie Missy Higgins) passes for popular music. However, I am convinced that there is a niche for a divine pop siren like Melinda. I have played "Fall In Love" to every second queen on Oxford Street and ever single one has been instantly smitten! When I first featured Melinda on Pop Trash Addicts, the response was overwhelmingly positive and I received numerous e-mails asking if she had released anything else.
So, by popular demand, I'm featuring Melinda's first recording as a guest vocalist on Moustache's amazing cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Everywhere". The song was released in 2005 and became a massive dance hit before crossing over to the mainstream Charts. "Everywhere" was, and still is, a massive breath of fresh air. Moustache transform the song into a pop anthem complete with retro synthesisers that would make Infernal foam with jealousy. In fact, the comparison with Infernal is quite apt. Moustache does for "Everywhere" what Infernal did for Laura Branigan's "Self Control". Yes, it's that good!
Melinda's record company, iSPY kindly responded to my last post and brought my attention to their Myspace site, which is currently showcasing a new song by Melinda called "Magic". Well, the title could not be more appropriate. "Magic" is a brilliant follow up to "Fall In Love" and it becomes more addictive with each listen. The song reminds me of Gwen Stefani's "The Real Thing", with its sweet melody and warm synth soundscape. If these two songs are any indication, then Melinda's new album will blow the other pop pretenders out of the water! Interestingly, iSPY's site also features new material by Moustache. They collaborate with Siena on an excellent dance track called "Ordinary Day", which is also worth a listen.
You can purchase "Everywhere" from iTunes, the Cabin Crew remixes are excellent. Watch the classy video here. Remember to check out Melinda's new material on iSPY's Myspace and become one of Melinda's Myspace friends. All the cool people are doing it!