Most fans would agree that Alex & Sierra won the third and final season of The X Factor US almost single- handedly. Only their real-life love story was sweeter than the harmonies that they’d produced on the show across a slew of cleverly-arranged covers of songs like “I Knew You Were Trouble”, “Say My Name” and most infamously, “Say Something”. Though the show was met with an early grave, these two musical troubadours carried on throughout the rest of 2013 and ’14 preparing for creating an album representative of all that they are and all that they do.
That LP’s still in the works, but fans finally have a new piece of music from A&S to hold them over until then. It comes in the form of “Scarecrow” and, aside from its utterly adorable puppet-powered lyric video, it’s a pretty swell song in general. The first thing that Alex & Sierra’s fan base would recognize right off of the bat is that the sound of the track is completely them from head-to-toe.
Featuring shared vocals laid across a driving acoustic rhythm and beat, it’s exactly the folk-powered indie pop smash that you were hoping for it to be, and it does so with the elegance and poise that people have come to respect the duo for. Lyrically, the song is idiosyncratic in its allusions to a scarecrow in the middle of an open field staring back at all passers-by with its rigid gaze, and it does so in a less-ominous-more-cleverly-sweet way than you’d imagine.
The thing about Alex & Sierra is that you can feel their love in everything that they sing. They want to be doing this for a living, singing with each other and spreading this sort of positive vibrance throughout every soundscape that they develop, and it shows in “Scarecrow” as their voices meld and infuse the track with a gleeful elegance that no one else could quite produce.
Is “Scarecrow” the song of the year? Well, it depends on who you’re asking, but either way, it’s a darn good debut for the now-perpetual holders of the X Factor crown. Pick it up on iTunes for only 99 cents. At that price, it’s a steal!
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See also: 20 Indie Love Songs of 2014 (So Far)!