Throughout the history of pop music, certain styles come & go. But some are perennial, such as the classic, melodramatic girl-group sound, maybe best typified by the Shangri-Las or the Chiffons, but running the whole gamut, from the Slits to the Raveonettes, Luscious Jackson, Lana Del Rey, the Judds, Vivian Girls and even Josie and the Pussycats! One of the latest practitioners is Georgia-born singer/songwriter Sara Rachele and her trio, the Skintights, whose new self-released full-length, Motel Fire, will be released on July 15. Now based in LA, they share an advance track from the album, “How Does It Feel Like (to Lose?),” which we are pleased to premiere for you!
Taking some tricks from the Phil Spector playbook, Rachele asks one of those questions meant to sting, drenched in gloriously doomy melodies and layered with her world-weary vocals, which betray the perfect dose of her folksy Southern twang. Other tracks on the forthcoming album, recorded in the Joshua Tree desert, emphasize Rachele’s affection for country and folk sounds. But this track seems a wonderfully distinctive throwback to call attention to a worthy new local talent.