WHO: Summer Heart
WHEN: Saturday March 19, 2016
WHERE: Icenhauser, Austin TX, SXSW
At one AM on the last night of SXSW we found ourselves in a crowded club, exhausted from a busy week of shows and interviews, trying to convince ourselves not to leave, to stay put so we could see Summer Heart.
It didn’t take long to forget about all the feelings of exhaustion, or that we had to be up early to leave, David’s warm hazy voice, his computer fill of drum loops and synths transported us to another place completely.
When he named the band Summer Heart, he did well. The music, which is dreamy lo-fi chill wave, would warm even the coldest of days, your mind descending to a warm unbleached summer day.
The lyrics float about David and Frederick’s jangling guitars in a hazy celestial chorus, surprisingly though , if you listen closely to the lyrics, they are not all sunshine and lollipops. Beat of My Heart, one of my favorite songs that were played that night, starts with the line
” One little darling’s only job was to break my heart…”
Personally, I thought I might be distracted by the fact that Summer House really isn’t a ” Band “, as much as it is a man with his computer . I was not. The finely tuned and crafted synths and drums that played along with the live guitars, make you forget that a full band is not on stage.
The show. The music. The atmosphere they created around us. All this was relaxing , intoxicating, simple, yet brilliant, and all the weariness that had taken its toll over the past week seemed to drift away on the breeze that circled around us in the outdoor venue.