The English garage-surf band Black Surf release the EP Let’s Pretend It’s Summer on the 26th.
Black Surf – Let’s Pretend It’s Summer – artwork
The opening track of the four – Sink is a fuzzy gauze of guitar and laid back melody inviting the listener to hang up their heels and create an oasis in which to enjoy the moment for what it is, rather than trying to strive for some-other moment in time.
Given the summer we have over here in the UK thus far, ‘Let’s Pretend It’s Summer‘ may well be all that will be possible for those on these shores. Lay back on the imaginary sunny beach and soak in the sounds.
Opening with the title track Kick It Down immediately it becomes apparent that White Ape are looking forward to future as the track has a more developmental feel to it, whilst not loosing the traction of previous material. Combining complexities of rhythm with ska the three and a half minutes takes the listener on superb journey of conundrum.
Next is Fighting Fit which takes the audience back into the Lincoln Continental with soft suspension and white-wall tyres. A space in which the quartet have considerable qualities of musicianship as they combine strung out guitars with a foot-tapping tempo.
My pick of the release is Sink in which White Ape, to my ears fuse the darker mood with their familiar dance-step in a track that bursts with energy and acerbity.
This is a release that showcases some new ideas, whilst retaining a connection for established fans. I look forward to the rest of 2015 with White Ape firmly in my ‘must keep in touch with’ list.