Summertime Tunes: Three Albums to Press Play

Ah, summer. We love to love you.

On the cusp of a golden summer, I am really feeling these three albums.

Elements of 80s New Romanticism and synth pop abound.  But so do modern movements like downtempo electro and hazy dreampop. I like the blend of nostalgia and innovation. These tunes recall the feeling of things that are just beginning but are somehow familiar. 

Not all of these are current or "trending" albums, but they all came out in the last few years. I think they're perfect for summer —shimmering, irresistible, and a bit melancholy. 

Because while summer is beautiful, it always ends.

There's a bittersweet element to this season, and these songs.


Craft Spells, Idle Labor, 2011 

Romantic 80s nostalgia. It's got the synth beats you crave and the ear-worm melodies that speak your mind. At times abundantly joyful, at others deep and dark, this album is sublime. 

Fave tracks: "Scandinavian Crush," "After the Moment," "You Should Close the Door." 

For fans of: New Order (does that album cover look familiar?), Beach Fossils, Crystal Stilts, unrequited love.


DIANA, Perpetual Surrender, 2013

Lush female vocals and unhurried, textural instrumentals make this an ideal chillwave album. These tracks are for lounging —the most summer of pastimes.

Fave tracks: "That Feeling," "Strange Attraction" "New House."

For fans of: Lana Del Ray, Wet, Washed Out, spending lazy days by the pool.




Com Truise, Silicon Tare EP, 2016

Propulsive, neon electronica gets you grooving and brooding. Animatronic, warped sounds and plenty of space-industrial synth will bring out the audiophile in you. Plus how can you not love the name Com Truise?

Fave tracks: "Sunspots," "Diffraction." 

For fans of: Tycho, Neon Indian, Chromatics, 80s video games.