Le Youth takes us back to the 90s in ‘I Could Always’, ft. MNDR

Following the disco-tinged ‘Clap Your Hands’, ‘I Could Always’ is LE YOUTH’s (aka Wes James’) sunny new single featuring Brooklyn’s MNDR (Amanda Warner). It opens with a dreamy wooing sequence, complete with a postmodern radio crackle that flings us straight back into the 90s, when sassy girl groups were at their peak and lava lamps adorned many a bedside table (see the single’s cover art for reference).

‘I Could Always’ sounds so distinctly like something you’ve already heard but can’t quite put your finger on, so successfully does it recapture an old moment. With its dreamy, synth-heavy production and nostalgic rhythms, it sounds like an instant classic.

Like those sassy, turn-of-the-millennium girl groups, the character MNDR plays here won’t be bound by someone else. Instead, she revels in her female agency, her freedom to pick up or drop you whenever she pleases, and at any given moment. “I could lose you in the morning / I could lose you in the evening,” she sings, pointing out that “The way the world is spinning / [she] don’t want no regrets.” Feminist anthem or what?

MNDR proves she’s an expressive singer, as in the delivery of “That’s what I said”, following her assertion that “[She] could always lose [you]”, which positively drips with sass. Same goes for the catchy refrain “Just watch me walk away / Bye bye bye bye bye bye” between verses.

This is an absolute corker of a song – dreamy, nostalgic and a tad irreverent. With so many great melodies and lines, this is sure to be a popular one with fans.

Image via Radio Sarajevo

Words by CAMILLA PATINI

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