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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sonny & the Sunsets Announce New Album, Drop New Song 'I Wanna Do It'

Posted By on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Everyone's favorite local vintage-pop poet/band, Sonny and the Sunsets, announced a new album and dropped a new song today. Hit after Hit will be out on Fat Possum -- the esteemed indie blues label singer-songwriter Sonny Smith joined last year -- on April 12. After the jump, we've got an MP3 for you of "I Wanna Do It," the first, bleakly bouncy new single off the album.

Sonny And The Sunsets - "I Wanna Do It"

Instrumentally, "I Wanna Do It" feels very much in the vein of the band's past work: basically grainy, '50s-era guitar pop. The background "yeah yeahs" here give the whole thing kind of a bubblegum/girl-group flavor, but, like a lot of Smith's best work, this song is dark. The cheerful music contrasts with utterly morbid lyrics: "I'm gonna walk to the sea, I'm gonna jump right in/ I'm gonna swim until the light house dims," goes the first verse. And we'll let you figure out what "doing it" in the chorus entails.

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