Sidetracked: Songs of My Summer

It’s been a busy week for me. I saw War for the Planet of the Apes and Dunkirk this past weekend and I’m hard on work on those reviews, but I wanted to talk about a few songs that I’ve been playing over and over this summer.

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“She hits like Ecstasy.”

1.The Wombats– Greek Tragedy

I’ve known of the UK band The Wombats for a while now, but I had never really delved into their discography. Luckily for me, I stumbled upon “Greek Tragedy” last Friday and I haven’t gotten it out of my head yet. The song opens with a beautifully glittering keyboard loop which is then accompanied by some synth overlaying. Matthew Murphy, the frontman of the marsupial themed band, then angelically announces himself with a performance ranging masterfully between pitches. The highs and lows of his voice are supplemented by crashing percussions and guitars during the chorus, sustaining the image of a dramatic, emotional love tale worthy of Greek myths.

2. Knox Hamilton– Washed Up Together

Knox Hamilton is a band that I had never heard of before this summer, but Washed Up Together has put them on my radar. The crashing opening percussions throw me into fits of air drumming every time, which can get a little awkward on the NYC subways. I am especially enamored with the lyrical content of the chorus and its candid depiction of the inside of a would-be romance from the mind of a wistful lover. It’s not exactly a healthy relationship by the sound of it (“Feel what you feel, I’ll do no better than you all my life.”), but it perfectly captures the longing every person feels even if the romantic interest is not necessarily a soul mate.

3. Bad Suns– Outskirts of Paradise

Bad Suns consistently shows off their stellar guitar rifts in its underrated second album “Disappear Here.” The final song on the album, “Outskirts of Paradise” paints a vivid picture of teenage life in its lyrical work. “I’m stuck in strip mall times, the mood swings under porcelain skies, would you be my friend, would you be my friend for now?” This excerpt has the perfect amount of teen psyche reflection (consumerism, unstable emotional state, and loneliness) that connects with the type of audience the band has.

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“And even when I’m wrong, I tend to think I’m right.”

4. Foster The People– Coming of Age

The often political indie rock trio Foster The People go soul-searching and nostalgia tripping in this entry from sophomore album “Supermodel.” A great example of a song/music video that could work as a film, “Coming of Age” tells a relatable story of standing up for yourself and learning from your experiences.

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“I fell in love with the sound of my heels on the wooden floor. I don’t want our footsteps to be silent anymore.”

5. Tame Impala– The Moment

Perfect for any super model laden, pink hued, California surf and tan party if the music video is anything to go by. This track from 2015’s Currents is a chill beach day song. A to-die-for synth line guides me through this psychedelic summer trip. The glorious synths, Kevin Parker’s uniquely high-pitched vocals, and an absolutely killer bass line, give this song an odd, yet charming sound.

 

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