Track of the Day: 'If You Want It (You Got It)'

Past TracksSan Diego's TV Girl have arrived out of nowhere with an ingenious pop tune that not only features a big fat Todd Rundgren sample, but also happens to have lyrics that put it in the running for defining track of its era. Yes, I know that's a big compliment for an unsigned duo, but let me explain. Once Todd's "Hello, It's Me" loop fades into the background, we are treated to lyrics that crystallize the slightly giddy male side of modern hookup culture. It's a tale of drunken fooling around, and yes, in the morning there will be "One last dance/Then you delete me off your phone." But our narrator knows she'll be back. When she wants it, she'll get it.

Not much sentimentality here, though the Rundgren sample does hint at the dilemma that hasn't quite arrived in our narrator's mind yet. One day, she may really be done with him.

Musically, the piece bears a number of the big-beats and glow-fi production flourishes that have been bubbling up in tracks from hip bands around the world over the last year or so. If I had to make a comparison, I'd say it's quite close to The Big Pink's massive "Dominos" from last summer. But this guy is enjoying being young and free in San Diego, not intent on chewing through all the young females in London. I'd imagine a record contract is in the near future for this pair of alleged libertines.





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Brendan Hasenstab is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn.

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