I was introduced to New York singer/songwriter Pamela Sue Mann by a friend. And I can honestly say that she is a force to be reckoned with in the Modern Pop-Avant Garde environment. Her latest release “Ouch” is evidence of this statement.
It took a few listens for me to grasp the storyline, but once I delved deep into the lyrics, and closed my eyes and sonically inhaled, the picture unfolded. “Ouch” plays from the protagonist’s point of view, where the vocalist is relating the story of a person who is living in a tattered relationship, one who sees the damages coming, and instead of walking away, they choose to sharply give tough love in the form of reminders to allude the antagonist that the relationship is headed for destruction. Very cleverly done – I might add. The lyrics sing:
Your daddy's ways have splayed you
swimming like a salmon
You take a bite
Have your head examined
Say I'm too old to play
The way you say I ought to
Well I'm not giving a damn
You drove the Cadillac into the Mazarati
You bought the booze
And then you went and left the party
To grab your bit of rope
And pull you want me jolly
No I just don't have the heart
It's gonna pull us apart
I'm —- walking on shards
The quiet power of Pamela Sue Mann’s vocals are addictive. I’d like to say that if chocolate laced with sriracha was able to be illustrated through a vocal prowess, it would the voice of Mann. In addition, the music of this track is so odd and delicious: that demanding piano, those powerful strings, the peculiar sound FX, and those solid guitar riffs. The entire production assists in making “Ouch” come to life and appear ubiquitous.
“Ouch” illustrates how Mann is elevating the genre of Avante Garde / Pop into something more decadent and state of the art.