What’s the best treatment for your S.A.D.? (If you’re not in some horrible frozen tundra, and you’re in fact reading this in a city located in a warm or temperate zone, I say on behalf of everyone in Chicago a) good job and b) I hate you.) Summer pop music is of course the answer. Indian Summer from Norweigan group Highasakite has all the makings:
1) It’s got summer in the name
2) It’s got a bop-your-head-along, feel good, effortless, floating melody
3) It’ll give you the warm and fuzzies
So put on some shorts, crank up the heat to 85, put on this track, close your eyes and pretend you’re running through some meadows as dandelion fluff swirls around you in the midst of a looooooooooooooooong Indian Summer:
Brightener reminds me of a male version of Zooey Deschanel. “Bahamas” off his 2013 EP “Make Real Friends” is delicate/quirky in a gender reversal of the manic-pixie-dream-girl kind of way. It’s also poppy, catchy, it references REM and it’s a delight to listen to:
Habibi is an all girls band from Brooklyn that brings all sort of sunshine to this dreary winter. They just released their self titled debut off the always great Burger record. The song, like the album, has got great harmonies with a nice retro-motownesque vibe while maintaining that trademark Burger Record garage rock aesthetic. People looking to celebrate diversity will also note that band member Rahill Jamalifard sings some parts in Farsi and that the band’s name is in Arabic.
or as our web designer Vik says “they’re like pipettes meets ravonettes meets JAMC”
They are definitely worth checking out. Coming to a music festival near you.
If you’re looking for a song that has a solid indie rock core with just a hint of reggae and soul, look no further than Kae Sun’s “Heart Healing Pulse.” The Canadian-Ghanaian singer-songwriter dropped his second studio album Afriyie last year and this is one of my favorite tracks. With a catchy beat, a “never leaving your head” chorus and Sun’s calming voice, it manages to be infectious, upbeat and soothing all at the same time. Give it a listen: