“Love Bite,” Melody Sweets

Not to be confused with the Def Leppard power ballad “Love Bites,” Absinthe burlesque singer Melody Sweets turns the verb into a noun for her serpent-in-the-garden, Arabian-scaled, electro-puff pop tune “Love Bite.” A sexy snake—or a man-hungry Eve looking to swallow Adam(s) whole—Sweets frolics in the desert with what looks like the on-loan, all-beefcake cast of Chippendales at Rio (actually, it’s the male cast members of Absinthe). The show’s ringleader, the Gazillionaire, moonlights as a turbaned snake-charmer who awakens Sweets, then struggles to rein in her seductive power. Why don’t you help me shed my skin, she sings. And I’ll let you in. Hazy digital effects suggest she’s an erotic mirage, a sexual figment of the charmer’s dehydrated imagination. As anyone who’s been lust-fanged understands, the first taste is dizzying. As a singer, Sweets knows a nip is all it takes. Call Poison Control, she advises. As Leonard Cohen sang, There ain’t no cure for love.

Click here to read our full profile of SweetsPress the play button above to watch the video for “Love Bite,” one of the tracks from the album.

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