Every summer needs a soundtrack, right? Around the middle of April every year every DJ and music hack starts harping on about their predicted tune for the season of sun (or occasional sun in between downpours, as it is here in the UK).
I never pay much attention, partly as I’m an album kind of man so I’m more likely to have a full LP to soundtrack my summer. Plus it’s always more personal for me, an accidental discovery that sometimes isn’t even a new release. Today I heard what I think may be my album for summer 2009, it wasn’t really an accidental discovery (I was talked into giving it a fair go by the Observer Music Monthly) and it is a new release, but it is extremely unexpected.
Who’d have thought that foppish indie schmindie solo artist I tried to resolutely ignore back in 2007 would turn out to make an album that should grab me like this?
A well judged brief 9 songs in 34 minutes of inventive pop, it’s not going to change the world, but it doesn’t let up for a second. Single Tonight’s Today nicks some of Vampire Weekend’s African style guitars and layers them over a samba rhythm, Give Yourself Away goes even more samba, So Near is the most happifying song I’ve heard so far this year.
I don’t really want to write about the same albums as everyone else on this blog, and I know that’s exactly what I’m doing here, but I’m excited enough about this album to break the rules for one post.