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September 8, 2010 by  

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Summer Camp – Young

NAME: Summer Camp
EP: Young
DATE: 6September2010

LABEL: Moshi Moshi

RATING: 3/5

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Mama’s and Papa’s Sons’n’Daughters

LOCATION: London, England

LINE UP: Elizabeth Sankey (Vocals, samples), Jeremy Warmsley (Vocals, guitar, keys)

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WHAT’S THE STORY?: Tainted forever by having been born sometime between the 80s and 90s Summer Camp have rebelled against temporal causality and built an audio time machine to tunnel their way back to the glory days of the sexual revolution. Their legend lives on.

SOUNDS LIKE: With its heavy 60s influence and strong electronic commitment a lot of Young is a curious mix of youthful naivety and world-weary maturity. Point in case album opener ‘Round the Moon’ is curiously reminiscent of children’s television theme music, except the lyrics are delivered in this mumbling, distorted, half drunk sounding confusion. It’s like a musical narrative of one of those Blue Peter type shows where a load of adults in bright coloured jumpers jump up and down while teaching little sprouts about the joys of sharing and numerology, except they’re all pissed out of their skulls, one blunders into the camera and throws up all over the lens. It’s a mess, but there’s something curiously adorable about it all.

This is pretty much a microcosm for the album as a whole, similar themes, but also a definite feeling the act’s not quite all there. ‘Veronica Sawyer’ for example has an excellent vocal delivery, a down tone smooth back beat, and an interesting lyrical concept, it’s just they don’t work well all together. The only unquestionably excellent track is ‘Ghost Train’; by far their strongest and most cohesive effort, it has a simple, nostalgic, blue skies lilt to it, with perfectly pitched lyrics and tempo and sounds a bit like The Knife meets The Mamas and the Papas. If the rest of the content could have been pulled up to this level it would have been an absolutely cracking first ep. C’est la vie.

*On a side note: their music videos are thoroughly excellent and well worth popping round to their MySpace page for.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: You wish your life was shot on Super 8 film.

LINK: http://www.myspace.com/summercampmusic


Submitted By Andrew Gregory


 

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