Despite the fact that the intangible being of light and energy beamed here from another dimension (and sometimes film actress), Scarlett Johansson has a long track record of putting out music at this point. Your first instinct when you hear about her latest offering might be skeptical: Oh, good. Here we go again, these Hollywood types always dabbling in their side projects. And that impression might stick with you for about the first forty seconds of new single “Candy.” But once the hook of the chorus kicks in, it becomes clear that she takes her ephemeral pop music very, very seriously.
Johansson, a woman whose voice is so sexy they made an entire movie about Joaquin Phoenix falling in love with it, acquits herself well on the synth-bass, electro-pop confection, with help from a super-girl-powered backing band called Singles, including Holly Miranda, Kendra Morris, Julia Haltigan and Este Haim.
"The idea was to write super-pop dance music written and performed by girls,” Johansson said of the track, which, like her album of Tom Waits covers, was produced by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, who'll also release it on his Federal Prism label. "I love Grimes. And I love the Bangles. And I love the Go-Go's. I wanted it to be like those bands: ultra-pop but also a little ironic, a little in on the joke."
No need to joke here, this hook is the real deal. The mid-song rap part? Well, that might take a little getting used to.