“I don’t need a smile to be enjoying myself,” sings South African-born, Berlin-based, indie-songstress Alice Phoebe Lou with an air of melancholy on “Skin Crawl,” today’s song of the day. It’s from her forthcoming album, Paper Castles, which drops on 3/8, and it’s one of those songs that fall somewhere between mid-tempo and downtempo. That’s not a pocket that’s easy to occupy, but Alice does so and makes it sound easy. Interestingly, the infectious song also splits the difference between jazz and indie pop, not quite fitting into either box. So, perhaps we should just call it world music and leave it at that? Not that we care about genre distinctions here at Love is Pop. On the contrary, we just care about great songs and this one is just perfect.
Alice is currently doing a North American tour in support of the upcoming album. She’ll be performing in Boston at Cafe 939 on March 5th. Get your tickets now because this one is sure to sell out.