Release Date: Jul 22, 2014
Record label: Bulk Recordings
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop
In a project spawned on the set of the the 2010 film adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, San Francisco mega-producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura (Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Deltron 3030) and winsome actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead deliver their playfully cinematic debut, I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now, under the name Got a Girl. Another well-known, boy-girl indie pop duo of the late 2000s featuring a much-adored actress immediately springs to mind, but aside from melodic hooks, Got a Girl share little musical ground with the folky She & Him.
Got A Girl are actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead and producer/Deltron 3030 member Dan ‘The Automator’ Nakamura. They met while making Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (she played Ramona Flowers, he wrote the score), and bonded over their shared love of French yé-yé singers such as Serge Gainsbourg and Françoise Hardy. The result is not unlike Lana Del Rey, but with fun instead of fatalistic gloom.
While Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World may have flopped at the box office, something good came out of the flick’s existence. (Incidentally, that 2010 movie is arguably the greatest Canadian film ever made, notwithstanding the fact it had a British director and was backed with American financing.) Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who played love interest Ramona Flowers in the comic book adaptation, and producer Dan “The Automator” Nakamura, who was working on the score, met during filming and struck it off so well that the duo decided to make music together.
It feels criminal that this collaboration between the frequently-phenomenal Deltron 3030/Handsome Boy Modeling School producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and Mary Elizabeth Winstead—an actress we love, from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Smashed—produced an album so lacking in chemistry. Winstead is a competent singer, but most of I Love You's tracks draw attention to distractingly bad lyrics or are woefully devoid of personality; she poses as a limp electronic diva or in half-hearted yé-yé pose over lifeless, thin-sounding beats.