Track Review: Samantha Urbani “U Know I Know”

homepage_large.a518e610(crossposted from Pitchfork, 6/26/2015)

You may recognize her as the leading lady of NYC pop outfit, Friends, or as the luxuriously silky voice alongside Dev Hynes on his 2013 album, Cupid Deluxe. But Samantha Urbani is a powerful singer-songwriter in her own right, as evidenced in her new solo venture. Following her springtime bop “1 2 3 4”, she welcomes the summer with “U Know I Know”, a reflective R&B dispatch from “La Isla Bonita”, co-produced by Test Icicles member and Hynes collaborator Sam Mehran. Sung with a light reggae lilt, Urbani’s verses betray a long-term love gone astray by indecision, but sealed indefinitely by the hand of fate. When she said he’d always be her baby, she really meant it. Her voice soars with a hook that holds to your ear like velcro on a Trapper Keeper. “You’ll go, I’ll go, but we know,” she says assuredly, “we’ll always meet right here.”

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