GLOriFIed Summer Soundtrack 2012May 10, 2012 —
The GLOriFIed Summer Soundtrack
It’s been a rough year – this summer should be one to relax, unwind…to chill. What better to accompany your restful time off than the relaxing yet groovy, loungey yet toe tapping, shoegaze yet dance-craze music of growing genre Chillwave.
Pioneered in the mid 2000’s, Chillwave or “Glo-Fi” music can be distinguished by artful use of effects processing, synthesizers, samples and loops giving it a vintage feel, similar to the Nu-Rave jams of the 1980’s. Don’t be surprised to see a laptop laying down foundations or hear dry vocals almost as if singing from a telephone. The Results: small groups pumping out big tunes. Jon Pareles of the NYTimes puts it best, “It’s recession-era music: low-budget and danceable.”
I’ve assembled the top tracks to play in the background of those beach parties, nature walks, lazy Tuesdays, campfires, and subway rides back from an internship…
- Mornin’ – Star Slinger
Some people wake up to cell phone alarms, others news radio. Wake up to this jam and the day will start off right. Crank it up while you make that cup of coffee and lounge on a balcony wearing just the bathrobe. If a smile does not come to your face, your money back.
LISTEN HERE: Star Slinger – Mornin
- Polish Girl – Neon Indian
Bump this beat in the car. You’re going out to pick up your friends for some shenanigans. The driving beat of this song captures and elicits excitement for all the tomfoolery you will perform today.
LISTEN HERE: polish girl
- To the lighthouse (Millionyoung Remix) – Memoryhouse
This track is misleading; while it implies beach games it should accompany day trips in the city. If you’re stuck interning during the day, play hookey once. Make sure it’s on the sunniest of sunny days. Use this track to assist in city must-dos: eating from street carts, running through the zoo, people watching in a park, or longboarding through SoHo.
LISTEN HERE: to the lighthouse millionyoung remix memoryhouse
- It Is Not Meant To Be – Tame Impala
Lunch Break: meet up at the beach or backyard with the gang. Someone is grilling the summer lunch essentials while others are casually sipping Corona’s or PBR. Not a Keystone Day. Grab a Frisbee and join in on Kan Jam, lie back on a towel, or re-enact scenes from The O.C.
LISTEN HERE: tame impala it is not meant to be
- Summer Holiday – Wild nothing
I like this one as it’s got that early 90’s distant guitar sound, similar to Sonic Youth on a good day. Cue this track up when you’ve got time to kill. Make sure this time is spent either on the hill of a grassy knoll under the trees or in the back of an old-pickup truck. Either way you should be lying down and analyzing passing cloud formations.
LISTEN HERE: summer holiday wild nothing
- Marriage (Star Slinger Remix) – Gold Panda
Dusk is settling in on your busy day. This song plays underneath the setting sun, marking the transition from day to night. It’s warm out still and you’re on a blanket somewhere with a view. You start to think about where the night will take you and whose coming along for the ride.
- New Beat – Toro Y Moi
You’ve called your friends to meet at your place before the night begins. Throw this tasty jam as you doll yourself up, throw back a couple drinks, and try out your best pair o’ dancing shoes.
- Lets Groove – Teen Daze
Summer party: getting slizard. Get this one on your iPhone for during the party when you sneak into the DJ booth when no one’s looking. Suddenly change that overplayed Avicii tune into a classic funk anthem with a modern chill twist to it. Double points if you play this song while wearing an Earth, Wind & Fire T-shirt.
LISTEN HERE: TeenDaze-LetsGroove
- Don’t Move – Phantogram
This summer is wrapping up and you’re realizing you are running out of time. Time for what? Time to finally make a move on Guy Cutie ___ or Girl Cutie ____. This song cues instantly after it’s proved successful and you finally got the kiss from the biddie you’ve been digging on all summer. This will most likely happen on a pier under stars.
- Feel It All Around – Washed Out
A great summer chillwave anthem. Captures all the months best times in one track. You know those moments when you look around you and swear you’re in a movie? Yup, this jam is playing over top…always.
LISTEN HERE: Feel It All Around