January 17, 2013

I will never be in a band so I can’t pretend to speak too closely to the mindset of one making its network television debut, but I imagine there’s a decent bit of back-and-forth between artist and management regarding what song to be performed to best break the music to an audience largely ignorant of Pitchfork scores and Pazz & Jop placements. Jessie Ware, whose Devotion was one of 2012′s best sad jams albums, could’ve picked a more upbeat track to perform on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, something like the retitled “110%.” Instead, she chose “Wildest Moments” — a song that almost begs you to feel things while it’s playing. (A lot of songs are like this, I guess, but this one especially so.) Bumming out the television audience is a risky move, but there’s no denying the power of the song. (turning face so you won’t see the single tear rolling down my cheek) She’s also accompanied by The Roots, as seems to be common these days. Really good stuff.

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