Got a Girl: I Love You, But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now

Got a Girl: I Love You, But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now

(Bulk, 7/22/14)

"Did We Live Too Fast?"


Before 2010, you’d be forgiven for not recognizing Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s name, but odds are that you fell at least a little bit in love with her when she broke out as Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. Now, for Got a Girl, the actress is teaming up with producer Daniel Nakamura, a.k.a. Dan the Automator, whom she met on that set.

Winstead has said in interviews that both she and Nakamura are huge fans of retro French pop, and that comes through in the band’s sound. First single “Did We Live Too Fast?” is sensual and dark, with Nakamura’s beats delivered through a kind of nightclub, big-band haze, while Winstead’s sultry voice acts as the anchor. “La La La” and “Da Da Da” aren’t at all what you might expect, with one going for a melancholy-pop-infused hip-hop vibe and the other a French-ified spoken-word meltdown in full disdainful Ramona Flowers mode.

The album inevitably will draw comparisons to past projects from Nakamura, most particularly 2013’s Pillowfight and 2001’s Lovage, but the collaboration here is key. Winstead’s vocals are inspired, and her boudoir tones make I Love You, But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now sound like an unearthed time capsule.