With a roar of “Give me give me, give me give me,” Macy Todd introduces us to her second single, Give It Up. With the help of her long time producer and collaborator Dan Hannon, who was recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous lesion from his vocal cords, Hannon whisper-sang the song over the phone to Todd, despite doctors telling him not to speak for three days. When Hannon was finally allowed to leave, he bolted for the studio and the two began work on the single. The end result is a vibrant pop soundscape with backing brass that elevates Give It Up with a crisp jazz-inflected vibe while Todd’s rich, dynamic vocals soar with demanding soul. It’s all undeniably infectious and I’d give up whatever little bit I have left to offer.

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