Are you able to?

See? Not that summery.
Summer nostalgia is the overriding aesthetic of lo-fi music these days, as artists like Wavves and Best Coast evoke the July long weekend with blasts of sunburnt fuzz and warm beach pop harmonies.

Despite a name that suggests otherwise, Eternal Summers don’t have much in common with this crowd. Sure, they favour lo-fi recordings with buried vocals and plenty of reverb. And yes, they have a video that looks like this. But songs like “Able To” eschew gauzy pop in favour of crisp guitar chords and a straight-forward alt-rock groove. Meanwhile, frontwoman Nicole Yun sings in a breathy voice that recalls Ottawa folkie Kathleen Edwards (although I’m not sure if anyone outside of Canada has ever heard of Edwards, so that’s probably just a coincidence).

Perhaps it’s best that Eternal Summers distance themselves from the beach pop crowd—they are from Virginia after all.

MP3: “Able To”
 
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  1. By Can you give me higher connection? on August 21, 2010 at 11:58 am

    [...] time. Gather ye rosebuds while ye may and all that shit. I found this one on Gorilla vs. Bear. Go here to read my past blog on Eternal summers. MP3: “Pure Affection”  Posted in [...]

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