As summer rolls in, I find myself in a weird state of musical euphoria: vintage. Yes, while I do love all different types of music based on my iTunes (and record/CDs/tapes) collection, when that summer frame of mind hits, I just want to put on the classics and breathe in every bit of the season that I can! And it isn’t until I feel it’s summer that I’m ready to start getting ‘old school.’ (In this case: the first warm summer evening I drove home with the windows down…such bliss.)
The most exciting part about music as of recently is the emergence of artists who try to replicate that vintage sound, creating those familiar melodies through use of analog recording methods or introducing particular instruments into certain tracks. In place of a playlist, here are some fun albums to “set the mood” for Summer 2012!
For those beach days (or when you want to kick it poolside)
Summer Twins – Summer Twins: This Riverside, CA female duo delivers an almost island-like feel with their sound! (And only recently did they add an additional guitar player & bassist for their live show.) Drawing inspiration from 50’s & 60’s rock, their self-titled album is sure to mellow anyone out while they’re laying out working on their tan. (I even dare you to watch the waves roll in to the song Stars Aligned…you won’t be disappointed!)
For a night on the town (or something a little more cozy)
Time’s All Gone - Nick Waterhouse: I love the idea of a current artist not afraid to record analog instead of digital. (Think old-school recording studio vs. auto-tune.) Waterhouse delivers this retro-soul style that has me grabbing for a tea-length cocktail dress, peep-toe heels, and a dirty martini. His 50’s/60’s R&B vibe with an impressive horn section and backup singers is also a perfect fit with the swing of a warm summer night with the windows open, a bottle of red wine, and the hums & cracks of your favorite vinyl record. (And before you wonder what track to start with, I say start at the beginning with Say I Wanna Know. While I love the entire album, the title track grabbed me enough to want to purchase before hearing the rest!)
For the trip ahead (on your way to another exhilarating destination)
Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind) – Allah-Las: While this could fall into the same category as ‘beach music’, this particular EP stands out and makes you envision summer road trips with the windows rolled down and the wind in your hair going down the highway. If ever there was modern music that embodied that “surfer rock” sound (aside from Chalk & Numbers), this would be it: a California-based band not afraid to bring back memories of quintessential retro west coast. (On your next road trip, try turning up the track Long Journey to get you through that bumper-to-bumper traffic.)
Whatever your listening pleasure may be, be bold with your summer soundtrack. Summertime creates some of the most memorable moments we hold onto…let’s make sure the music can resonate just as strong.