Ingrid Gerdes kicks off Shed, her second album, with “Your Boyfriend,” a track that distills decades of American pop into a burst of playful energy. It delivers an empowered message with a fun, cheeky vibe.
The opening keyboard hook sounds like the Motown studio band playing a tango, with a swinging, sultry groove. When Gerdes asks: “Guess where your boyfriend was last night?” you know you’re in for a wild ride. “I want people to feel the emotion I put into a song,” Gerdes explains. “I put together arrangements that incorporate ideas from all the music I love: blues, soul, Motown, R&B, reggae, pop and classical music.”
It’s that combination of fun and sincerity that makes the songs on Shed resonate with listeners. Several tracks on the album have already been licensed to retail giants Gilly Hicks, a division of Abercrombie and Fitch, and Arden B, for national airplay on their in-store radio stations. Songs from the album will also be heard on Showtime’s The L Word and the MTV pro- grams Teen Wolf, The Hard Times of RJ Berger, Moving In and The World of Jenks.