Members of electro-popping Two Door Cinema Club call UK and Northern Ireland home, but the trio’s message is universal on Something Good Can Work — a sparkler from its debut album, Tourist History. Signed to Kitsumé, a boutique French label known for cutting-edge dance music, this jam is propelled by a drum machine but carriers a distinctive live-band aesthetic. Amid a bright-eyed, cascading melody — highlighted by a guitar-and-keys interchange — the band lights a fire, imploring listeners to put their best feet forward and show the world what they’re made of.
Canadian quarter NewWorldSon mixes pop, should and Christian-music elements to inspirational effect on There Is a Way. The laid-back tune tackles love from several angles, even treating it as a living, breathing person on the second verse. It’s a relatively sparse song that feels especially fully and rich thanks to vocalist Joel Parisien’s plucky keyboard playing and gospel choir that soars toward theta end. Plus, the instantly familiar chorus reminds us of Colbie Caillat’s beyond-infectious Bubbly.
Canción de la Semana
Si*Sé is a five-member band from New York City, fronted by the slinky-voiced Carol C. With their last two albums, they’ve defined themselves as purveyors of sophisticated, laid-back music intended dimly lit lounges — a Latinized Portishead may come to mind. The veil of bells pealing lightly along Buscaré is a nice foil for Carol C’s velvety Spanish lyrics about her search for an elusive happiness.