BlackBook Tracks #14: It’s Literally The Last Day Of Summer
Hey y’all, it’s literally the last day of summer! I, for one, am not particularly excited about the changing of the seasons, given that I am from California and believe that anything under 50 degrees is the arctic. I’m already annoyed by having to carry a sweater around, and I will even rebel against that bastion of autumnal culture, the pumpkin spice latte. One thing I have going for me is that I don’t own any white pants to feel sad about not wearing, so that’s something, at least. In mourning, here’s a selection of what comes up when you search for “summer” in my music library.
Girls Aloud – “Long Hot Summer”
Fact: unabashedly manufactured pop music sounds better during the summertime. British girl group Girls Aloud transcend any idea of there being guilt in their listening pleasure.
The Drums – “Let’s Go Surfing”
Has indie rock ever been so fixated on the beach as it has for the past few years? It’s a justifiable obsession, whether you grew up landlocked or not. Here’s one of the definitive tracks of the trend.
Eternal Summers – “Millions”
Look at what this band is called. Including them is obligatory.
Vacationer – “Summer End”
Lush, smartly produced indie pop with a smack of regret really just hits the spot today.
Coconut Records – “The Summer”
You probably didn’t need reminding that Jason Schwartzman is a perfect human, but here you go.
Animal Collective – “Summertime Clothes”
If you, like many other people on the internet, were disappointed with Animal Collective’s offerings on Centipede Hz, it’s always a good time to revisit Merriweather Post Pavilion. This song also serves as a reminder of how I’m finding it hard to let go of this aggressively tacky shirt with a pattern of palm trees on it.
Belle & Sebastian – “A Summer Wasting”
Granted, it’s also pretty easy to spend an autumn wasting, except now we’ll all be wearing sweaters and chugging pumpkin spice lattes.
Summer Camp – “Summer Camp”
I never went to a real summer camp, but maybe you did! Regardless, I think I still like the nostalgic British duo enough to make up for it.
Soso – “I Never Thought You’d Come In Summer”
Swedish chanteuse Soso combines hauntingly catchy production with the kind of vocal delivery that just oozes star power.
Kreayshawn – “Summertime” (ft. V-Nasty)
This is one of the more bizarre offerings on Kreayshawn’s much-delayed debut album, and I say that as someone who actually sort of enjoyed hearing the constant ads for “Gucci Gucci” on Spotify last year. I’m sorry.