The early onset of Summer (it’s still March?!) has got me all in the mood for the kind of tunes that befit a later sunset. This set of songs is what I predict will be sound tracking my sunshine season, and darn well should yours. Which means it is a mix of new tracks, but there’s a few in there that are just in my (or general) consciousness for whatever reason.
As it is indeed still March, and a bit early to be predicting Summer soundtracks, I will continue to add to this playlist, so feel free to subscribe.
Rustie – After Light
I wasn’t quite open to Glass Swords when I heard it, I appreciate that we live in a genre leaping age and demonstration of hopping through so many was exactly a mark of greatness. My attention span is pretty shot to bits, but even I, I thought, couldn’t quite deal with this. This track, however, mostly sticks to a kind of bouncy house. Not unlike what you’d hear at a beach bar in Ibiza, just a bit more interesting.
I Break Horses – Winter Beats
I know! How very contrary of me to put a song with ‘Winter’ in the title on a Summer playlist! I am whacky like that. But seriously, ignore the title, this is a proper feel good wave of synths type Summer song.
NZCA/LINES – Compass Points
Metronomy soundtracked last Summer, and seeing as they probably won’t release another album this yer they’ve got their, um, ex bassist’s brother to fill in for them. The link may be tenuous, but the sound is not. Check out the rest of the self titled album – as marvellously weird and tuneful as The English Riviera.
Submerse – Move On
Being contrary again. Put a song with the sound of rain on it. Sounds like summery rain though, which I associate strongly with British Summer for some reason. Then some ace soulful two step beats.
M83 – New Map
I thought I couldn’t get tired of Midnight City. I couldn’t, but I thought I better give one of the other tracks a go.
Cloud Nothings – Stay Useless
The closest thing to what Cloud Nothings used to do (fuzzy indie pop) on their new album. Considering I like what Cloud Nothings do now (angry post punk) more, it may seem strange that I’d include this. But, well, angry post punk isn’t very summery.
Woman’s Hour – Jenni
We should definitely have got bored of Afro-guitaring by indie bands by now. Turns out we haven’t, as long as they do it nicely.
The Maccabees – Went Away
OK, so not massively original, but this album has been so huge that it’s going to be listened to by a lot of people a lot of times this Summer. I say embrace this.
Eight and a Half – Go Ego
I don’t know a lot about this one, except that I heard it on a playlist by Sean from DiS. It’s new though. You probably feel a bit cheated, don’t you?
Phantogram – Don’t Move
See above. Sorry.
Pretty Lights – Drift Away
This isn’t new, but it is new to me and is perfect Summer audio food.
College & Electric Youth – A Real Hero
This isn’t new either. In fact it was released in 2010. And you probably listened to it ages ago because you saw Drive and thought ‘oh that’s a nice song’ and then listened to it a million times back in September or something. But I have only just seen Drive because I’m a terrible laggard so I’ll be listening to it all Summer, and see no reason why you shouldn’t do so too.