Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Paul Mac Ft. Bertie Blackman - The Only One

It's quite disconcerting when two acts you don't particularly like join forces to deliver a song you really love - but that's exactly what Paul Mac and Bertie Blackman have accomplished with "The Only One". The unlikely duo were brought together to record a song for the recently released children's film "Hey, Hey It's Esther Blueburger" and the result is a startling delight. The name Paul Mac brings to mind commercial dance music and dodgy collaborations with Silverchair, while indie darling Bertie Blackman is best known for edgy rock anthems like "Fast Bitch". The last thing I expected from them was a catchy pop tune with a sing-along chorus! Don't let the cover art put you off. "The Only One" might appear in a kid's movie but this is highly sophisticated pop music. It's rare to hear horns, piano, handclaps and a children's choir in a three minute pop song (without wanting to vomit)! The lyrics are also surprisingly adult. You don't need to be a teenager to identify with the song's theme of alienation. Imagine Aimee Mann on anti-depressants and you get some idea of where "The Only One" is coming from.

Indie icon Bertie Blackman

The video clip (below) is quite a spectacular affair. Bertie looks hot in her school uniform and it's a nice touch to have her interact with characters from the film. I particularly love the paper and chalk animated figures. Check out the Behind The Scenes footage to learn more about the song. I really hope Bertie explores a more pop orientated sound in the future. I've always admired her voice and attitude but it's great to finally enjoy some of her music. You can download "The Only One" from Australian iTunes or purchase the "Hey, Hey It's Esther Blueburger" soundtrack from Chaos. To the best of my knowledge there are no plans for a physical single but that could change if "The Only One" keeps climbing the iTunes top 100.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

very different for bertie but in a good way. just downloaded from itunes!

D'luv said...

Aw, that was cute. Bertie reminds me of Ashlee Simpson before the plastic surgery, and my best friend in 9th grade, who I used to smoke clove cigarettes with while we listened to Smiths tapes in her bedroom.

Mike said...

I think that's a compliment! I love the song. It's simple and cute - a real breath of fresh air in comparison to most of the crap on the charts!

Poster Girl said...

How lovely! You're exactly right, Mike--it's a breath of fresh air. Love it, and the video.

Anonymous said...

Nice clip!!

pfundtie said...

Well, I'm a Paul Mac fan so I went in listening with a slightly biased reaction but now I know it wasn't COMPLETELY biased, what with the reaction from others.
Also, can I say, that movie should not be shown to kids, it was a lot more depressing than reviews said, I don't think half of those people even WATCH the movie.

Gervais said...

It can't succeed in fact, that is what I think.
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