My Top 5 Alternative Summer Tunes for July
Can I Get An Amen — Sea Legs
A dynamic quartet hailing from Bateau Bay, New South Wales, Sea Legs have not failed to meet my high standards in music with this upbeat tune. Released on their mouthful of an EP We Do What We Do When We Do What We Do in March, it simply screams "summer vibes" with its '60s-esque hook and lyrics. From the first listen, I can guarantee this song will make you want to take a leisurely cruise down a coastal highway; something implied from the moment the song begins. Check out their Facebook page here for more of their grooviness.
Kisses — Kisses
The age-old 'which is the band, which is the title' conundrum surfaces again, albeit in a more romantic way with a song and band that remind me about my solidarity double the amount of times. As the result of a collaboration between Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson, this disco ditty has been doing a figure 8 in my ears for the past few weeks. There's something about its synthesising jingle that just makes me want to dance on a rooftop, illuminated by city lights. Although it isn't a new track (it was set free into the world in mid 2010), this is definitely one I'll be keeping in my daily bus playlist for a while yet. Here's their Bandcamp page if you're interested in hearing more.
Give Up — Suburban Living
Either Wesley Bunch is amazingly good at creating music that sounds like it's been plucked straight out of another era, or I've just been in a trip through a time machine. Yet another sunny tune on my list of melodic excellence, Give Up is one of those songs that, when used as your alarm tone, ensure one of those airy, carefree days. Now my urge to live in the '80s has been increased a thousandfold, which isn't necessarily a bad thing at all. Have a look at Wesley's Bandcamp here for more of his dreamy beats.
Shola — Shinies
Manchester, you've done it again. From a band that has only been around since December of 2011, Shinies have managed to create something astounding. The tune Shola is grungy yet poppy; my favourite combo since bacon and maple syrup. The youthful lyrics detail a relationship that any youngster would dream of having. Whoever Shola is, she should be damn honoured to be named after such a rockin' track. Head over to Shinies' official site to discover more of their creations, and while you're at it, sign up for a free download of their track Ribbons.
Teen Lovers — The Virgins
Now this is by no means a new release, but do not let that fool you. These New York legends have produced another diamond in the rough; a true "vacation love" anthem that will certainly survive the years. It's funky, fetching and seductive all in one, and is bound to get the masses bopping up on the dancefloor. Really, who doesn't love a song with both a jiving "one, two, three, four" and a addictively simple chorus to sing along to? Have a look at The Virgins' other musical feats here at their official site.