As we reach the tail-end of Summer, our friends go off to school once again and idea of doing so yourself becomes evermore tangible, my mind inevitably drifts, loses focus. This ephemeral period of social realignment is a weird one for me, as old friends disappear and the carefree floating of the Summer months comes to a crushing end.
Which is to say, the end of Summer sucks, and it makes me sad, and the music of the moment speaks to this aimlessness. Inevitable derision be damned, I am an unapologetic champion of this "dreamgaze/glo-fi/GvsBxcore" thing that's been going on.
Electronic music--out of nowhere, and all of a sudden--gets me. These artists are tapping into a long-faded, rainbow-tinted and oversaturated Saturday-morning-TV cultural aesthetic shared by an entire generation of lost suburban kids. These are the sounds of growing up in the early 90s, 16-bit Nintendo symphonies crashing into shimmering FM radio electro-pop; and also:skateboarding, weed, the beach, heartbreak, surfing, dreams. If--as P4k ever-so-cynically declares--it "all sounds the same," then it does so in that it taps into an archetype, an image that resonates with the overstimulated post-MTV Millennials because it's formed out of the scraps of their--our--collective experience, phased-out, half-remembered, echoing with a glimpse of all of our not-too-distant Rugrats phase.
And "Walkabout" is just a great summer jam, so yeah.
1. Phaseone - (Only) Reprise
2. Washed Out - Feel It All Around
3. Atlas Sound - Walkabout (ft. Noah Lennox)
4. Small Black - Despicable Dogs
5. Neon Indian - Terminally Chill
6. Trailer Trash Tracys - Strangling Good Guys
7. The Depreciation Guild - Stuck Pig
8. Washed Out - Hold Out
9. Gentle Friendly - R.I.P. Static
10. Memory Cassette - Body in the Water
11. Pictureplane - Transparent Now (Thin Veil)
12. My Summer as a Salvation Soldier - Monument
13. The Depreciation Guild - Parasol Parachute
14. Neon Indian - Seriously, It's Over
Also, I'm going to SF for a while and school starts next week, so we're on hiatus till August 24. Peace.