Heart Skips A Beat is a new feature for the site that will essentially function as a “Track Of The Day” feature. It may not be every day or sometimes it might be multiple times a time. The idea is to feature songs that are heart-stoppingly brilliant.
Well, JJ came out of nowhere for me. Sometimes I don’t mind being late to the game on an artist because then so many other people echo my new found love and can share their own stories of discovering said artist. The band is composed of Joakim Benton and Elin Kastlander and hail from Sweden. They are signed to the Swedish label Sincerely Yours as well as the U.S. label Secretly Canadian. They’ve been around since early 2009 but I just heard them a few days ago when their free EP entitled “High Summer” was released. The EP is a gorgeous breath of summer wind and can be downloaded for free at the Sincerely Yours site linked above.
But the whole point of this category is to focus on one specific song, and the title track is the one that really stopped my heart. “High Summer” is the perfect combination of old-fashioned flower power and modern auto tune glory. Although on several other tracks on the EP the production elements remind me a lot of The Dream, this song manages to remain very bare, but still sexy, kind of like a sundress. I highly recommend you download the EP over at Sincerly Yours, but I’ve included a soundcloud stream just for the track below too. It is dreamy and perfect.