La Roux Sinks Ever Deeper

Jan 19th, 2009 // 11 Comments

So as you may have noticed, I’ve been listening to Lily Allen’s Radio One hosting stint this afternoon, and while it’s not as gobsmacking (haha UK slang!) as Damon Albarn’s was last week, I really dug “Quicksand” by La Roux, a spunky 20-year-old from the UK (née Elly Jackson) who, as it happens, is going to serve as Allen’s support act on her upcoming UK tour. “Quicksand” is absolutely monstrous, a sleek blade of synth-pop propelled by La Roux’s pleading falsetto, which shreds the 1′s and 0′s surrounding it to ribbons through the sheer force of its emotional wallop. [YouTube / MySpace]


  1. Anonymous

    I really, really liked this. And Lily has been pretty adorable throughout the gig, although I wish she hadn’t professed her love for Katy Perry, because I suspect that she doesn’t “love” her at all.

  2. Maura Johnston

    @Varina: It was a very… cheeky admission of love, no?

  3. Anonymous

    This song is unstoppable. I hope it gets a domestic push.

  4. Aleb

    La Roux is a duo, actually. Which makes me draw the obvious (?) parallel to Yazoo.

    Also, grab their “Fascination”, it’s probably even better than “Quicksand”.

  5. ITMS

    Wait. Don’t men only have a falsetto?

    Either way, this song is the jam.

  6. Anonymous

    @Maura Johnston: It was, it was. But the bitchy part of me was hoping that Lil would say something more incendiary.

  7. Anonymous

    Uhh… this is a direct rip-off of Prince’s “When Does Cry.” Right? Am I crazy???

  8. Anonymous

    That’d be, “When Doves Cry”…

  9. the rich girls are weeping

    Wow, I am so not feeling this. At all. It’s pretty terrible.

  10. the rich girls are weeping

    @the rich girls are weeping: Ok, listened to more tracks to see if this was a widespread issue, still can’t quite stand it. Her voice. It grates. And the production is really, really shallow. And not in a good way.

  11. the rich girls are weeping

    @the rich girls are weeping: But! Fascination grows on you? Sorta? Anyway, I have discovered that perhaps La Roux is basically exists just for remixing. Once those terrible backing tracks are gone, the songs blossom into betterness. Thanks, Hype Machine!

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