The song — Basically a remake of The Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Kill Surf City,” with some sunny keys added to the mix, and the style — With the foppy hair, leather, and big sunglasses, taken from any number of pre-Brit pop bands in the UK, and obviously, the sound, all point to a band, in the San Diego duo, Crocodiles, seriously lacking in the originality department. Then, that chorus hits, and it’s a big one, and it feels good in a forget all your troubles kind of way, and for a moment you forget it’s all been done before because it really, really feels good. Still, when that moment ends, and “Hearts of Love plays out its final notes, those same nagging questions about its ambition return. Is it love and admiration? Is it theft? Or, is it a case of theft from too much love and admiration?
VIDEO: Crocodiles – Hearts of Love
Sleep Forever, the latest long-player by Crocodlies, will be out tomorrow on Fat Possum Records.