If (like most of my readership) you find yourself lucky enough to be entering summer, you’ll know that you need to chuck some awesome tracks together to take you through the next few months of sun.
If you’re familiar with my music tastes you’ll know I’m not a massive contemporary pop fan, but you might be presently surprised to see one or two tracks crop up which might make this post non-alienating to 90% of people for the first time ever!
Broods – L.A.F
Despite the fact I didn’t really enjoy Broods’ most popular tracks Bridges, and Mother & Father (which may be due to the ubiquitous nature of these tracks) I’ve really been digging L.A.F, that deep synth organ in the background really does something for me – I also think it’s a bit more upbeat and catchy than the other two songs I mentioned (as demonstrated by my in car singing). All in all I think it’s one of those nice meditative summer songs.
Brothertiger – Crazy, Again
This track first came to my ears when I was enjoying a weekend bike ride, it’s warm, breezy, and ambient – I’d even say it has a touch of groove about it. I’ve been binging on chillwave the last couple of years, with an increased expansion of artists this year – and Brothertiger might be my favourite of the new artists (sorry, no one will beat Toro Y Moi for overall favourite). Listen to this track right now if you can see the sun, it’s lovely – it shocks me that it only has 2000 views on YouTube!
Craft Spells – Nausea
Over the last couple of months I’ve gone to write my 25th music post a couple of times, both times the opening track was this song by Craft Spells. Nausea for me evokes a kind of serenity, it’s relaxing but you’re not sure where it’s going despite the fact the song doesn’t take any surprising twists or turns. It feels as if the artist is trying to induce dizziness in the listener. The album of the same name continues the downbeat beauty of this track, I’d recommend checking it out.
Toro Y Moi – Talamak
Well I mentioned him earlier in the post, Toro Y Moi is my jam musically. It’s warm, it’s ecclectic – and he seems to generate sounds whether from analogue or digital devices which seem to be entirely unique and random – and yet it’s orchestrated in such an evocative manner with no degree of kitsch that means I can’t stop listening to Toro Y Moi. Talamak reminds me of walks in parks, and days spent sitting in Albert Park, those opening few seconds are just so sweet and tender that I can never be mad when it comes on, even if it’s the tenth time I’ve heard it in a week.
Wavves – Green Eyes
The album cover, the lyrics, the fury – Green Eyes is one of those fist pumping, stare intently at everyone you see kind of songs. It’s also (along with the entire album King of the Beach) one of those summer beats you want playing when you’re heading out of the city towards the beach. Download the entire album to your phone, it’s worth it. This is one of those albums you want on any road trip.
Anyway I hope this gives you 15 minutes of enjoyment over the summer (and potentially hours if I make you addicted to any of these artists :)) let me know in the comments if you’ve got any summer beats you’ll be blaring this season.