8 Songs, 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Joining the ranks of singular guys who record under band names is Malmö, Sweden’s David Alexander, a.k.a. Summer Heart. His 2012 debut album, About a Feeling, plays more like an extended EP with a total of eight songs. But if you're one of those folks who prefers quality to quantity, this album delivers. “Rusty Scars” opens, with a sparkling effervescence of analog keyboard notes before beats drop like warm rain around Alexander’s androgynous cooing. By blending a Boards of Canada–like ambience with a cosmopolitan dream-pop vibe, the song takes life. “I Wanna Go” follows, pulsing seductively like an MGMT demo with its wooly, lo-fi warmth. This time Alexander dons a Daft Punk helmet, singing through Vocoder-sounding effects that contrast nicely with the shimmering jangle of an old Rickenbacker. Through the murky haze of delay and reverb, “I Wanted You to Stay on the Other Side” plays like a post-shoegaze underwater love song from a merman to a mortal woman. “Say Goodbye” closes with dusty beats and undulating melodies.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Joining the ranks of singular guys who record under band names is Malmö, Sweden’s David Alexander, a.k.a. Summer Heart. His 2012 debut album, About a Feeling, plays more like an extended EP with a total of eight songs. But if you're one of those folks who prefers quality to quantity, this album delivers. “Rusty Scars” opens, with a sparkling effervescence of analog keyboard notes before beats drop like warm rain around Alexander’s androgynous cooing. By blending a Boards of Canada–like ambience with a cosmopolitan dream-pop vibe, the song takes life. “I Wanna Go” follows, pulsing seductively like an MGMT demo with its wooly, lo-fi warmth. This time Alexander dons a Daft Punk helmet, singing through Vocoder-sounding effects that contrast nicely with the shimmering jangle of an old Rickenbacker. Through the murky haze of delay and reverb, “I Wanted You to Stay on the Other Side” plays like a post-shoegaze underwater love song from a merman to a mortal woman. “Say Goodbye” closes with dusty beats and undulating melodies.

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