Lisa Alma | Man
Denmark singer-songwriter Lisa Alma was officially signed to Dumont Dumont this week, which is also the home of Jose Gonzalez and RY X. Now Alma is streaming a new single, “Man”, a song off her upcoming record, “Sweater”, due out April 21st. There’s a radio hit feel to this light 80s-styled, synthesized beauty. It’s a love song about finding freedom and losing inhibition: “We should just run away / I’m your man tonight / We should just burn the bridges / There’s a fire in the lake.” But there’s also modernity here, Alma initially singing lyrics from the male perspective — something you don’t hear often unless an artist is doing a cover. This song is an extension of the style that made Alma’s four-song EP “Oh Darling, Let’s Be Adventurers” such a good listen, calling to mind the simmering soul of Lisa Stansfield, the luxuriousness of Simply Red, or maybe the solo work of Annie Lennox. “Man” feels like the jangly, upbeat sister-song to “When I Knew”, which also concerns a fatalistic kind of romance. Perhaps the prettiest thing about “Man” is just how moderated everything feels. The vocals are hushed, the guitar works as an accent, the beat cool and subdued, the musical transitions lush, the backing vocals exquisitely placed. In the end, we’re left floating in the song’s cottony grace. Follow Alma on facebook. — David D. Robbins Jr.