TRACKING: Coco Morier - “Ambulance”

Sounds like: Lykke Li, Broadcast, Lana Del Rey (only not terrible)
Why You Should Care: Fantastic pop song with an early-60s vibe sung in a sultry whisper

Whether or not you have kids, it’s likely you own or have at least heard the soundtrack to 2004’s SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. Most of the bands on the album are familiar – Wilco, the Flaming Lips, Ween, and the Shins – but Electrocute, a Los Angeles-based band founded by electropop singer/songwriter Nicole Morier, not so much.

After Electrocute disbanded, Morier wrote songs for artists such as Britney Spears and Miranda Cosgrove, and played guitar for Charlotte Gainsbourg. Last year, she returned to releasing her own music under the name Coco Morier. Her second EP, Strangers May Kiss, was released earlier this year and while it contains a lot of the same pop sensibilities that have made her an in-demand top 40 songwriter, it also contains “Ambulance,” a darker, synth-filled gem that would fit it in on a 60s-sci-fi-meets-beach-party movie soundtrack. Let’s hope Coco (the name is much more appropriate than “Nicole” for a song like this) continues to keep the tunes of this caliber for herself to record.