Obviously, 2020 hasn’t been easy, and Ocean Alley is well aware of how important it is to look after yourself—especially while the weather is heating up. “The playlist is for any time day or night when you need a pick-me-up, some self-nourishment, comfort, or just an all-round vibe,” guitarist Mitch Galbraith tells Apple Music. “It’s for all occasions to instill nothing but good times. We’ve jammed these songs on the road, in the studio, in downtime, at parties, and together they form the perfect summer playlist.” Listen and read on for more about the band’s top picks.
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, “Keen for Kick Ons?” “The Pornies, as they are affectionately known, have high-energy music and a live performance to match. If you’ve been deep within the sweaty pit (or watching from a safe distance) while the lads thrashed it onstage at a summer festival, then they will for sure make your list too. Give us some hard psych rock in a heaving big-top tent any day, get those endorphins pumping.”
Australian Crawl, “Downhearted” “A quintessential yacht rock sound with jangly guitar and a ripping saxophone solo gives this track a classic summer feel. The band was named after the front crawl swimming style, so it would be rude not to strip off and hit the pool for a few laps on those hot summer days. You’ll feel great.”
Khruangbin, “Pelota” “This song transports you to a faraway place with new sights, sounds, and smells, maybe a summertime in a faraway place. It’s uptempo and the fast guitar has that traditional Spanish feel, perfectly suited to a summer beach session or maybe courtside during a game of pelota itself. Learn some Spanish and sing along.”