Summer is upon us and with it, comes the impending onslaught of barbecues, bonfires and outdoor parties. But the spirit of summer would be lost if it wasn’t accompanied with the proper soundtrack. Here’s hoping that these five songs will set the mood for any number of early mornings or late nights you’ll encounter.
Speelburg- Lay it Right
It’s pop, it’s jazz, it’s rock, it’s indie but whatever genre it is doesn’t really matter because it’s simply awesome. This is the perfect song to start off any day and is my go to for the long morning walk to school. An infectious, almost hip hop drum beat layered with clean electric guitar draws you in immediately, before blasting your ears with the catchiest brass section hook I’ve ever heard. If I could dance, this would be the song to do it to.
White Denim- At Night in Dreams
I have the new Guitar Hero to thank for introducing me to this song. And yes, since it’s in Guitar Hero you can expect there to be considerable amounts of fret shredding. It’s a song I’d imagine blasting while driving down a dirt road in my jeep with the top down, if I had a jeep or any car for that matter. The band makes a simple four piece set up sound pretty…not simple. Everything, I mean everything, is complex, cohesive but most of all unique. The song is a blend of Alt-rock with some jazz influences, which sounds strange, but if you have socks on while listening to this song they will be rocked off.
Honey Claws- Digital Animal
I’ve never been a fan of mainstream music, not in an attempt to be that guy, but just because it feels so uninspired sometimes. This was true especially with rap, and then this song came along and just blew my mind.. The first twenty seconds suggests that this song is a tribal ritual song, but after that the status quo of rap beats and lyrical style are ripped apart. Perhaps it’s the refreshing lack of talk about cars, money and women that make the song so attractive but it’s like nothing you’ve heard or will hear ever again. Buy it, play it on repeat and find yourself hooked in seconds. If a late night party ever needs a kick start, this would be the song to do it.
Yelawolf- Push ‘em
Now I’m not a huge Yelawolf fan but Travis Barker, the drummer for Blink-182, is featured in this song as well as the whole album, titled Psycho White. Travis Barker, and his lighting fast hands, produce an extremely fast and catchy beat in his signature style, assaulting the snare and kick drum for the entirety of the song. The vocals are high powered, pushy and teeter on the verge of yelling at times but they represent this unique blend of hip-hop and punk perfectly.
All Tvvins- Darkest Ocean
This is the song I would play at the end of a long beach day, which is fitting since the whole song revolves around water. It’s an upbeat song, with poppy drums that carry the beat, layered with ethereal sounding guitars and Ooohs and Aaahs that, as strange as it sounds, make you feel like you’re underwater. There’s nothing strange or extremely unique about this song, it’s just such a feel good song that you can’t help playing at any time of the day, no matter what mood you’re in.