“I’m Just Ken,” the knowingly cheesy power ballad sung by Ryan Gosling in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, at first struck me as a pale facsimile of “Lost In The Woods,” a similar ’80s pastiche from the Frozen 2 soundtrack with a more generous serving of electric piano. But as my children have listened to the Barbie soundtrack over and over (and over… and over…), the song has held up. Surfing that fine line between satire and pathos, it’s easily among the album’s best songs along with the tracks from Charli XCX, Billie Eilish, PinkPantheress, and I guess Dua Lipa? Early this month “I’m Just Ken” became the first Hot 100 hit for Gosling, a former member of the experimental indie band Dead Man’s Bones. And today, it gets an official music video.
We’re somehow three-quarters of the way into this fast-moving year. Out with the summer jams, in with the fall vibes….
Earlier this year, Empress Of opened for Rina Sawayama on a European tour, and she just kicked off another run…