Tim and Sam - Summer Solstice (Static Caravan, 2009)
Tim and Sam's Tim and the Sam Band with Tim and Sam
7'' Static Caravan VAN193 (UK, 06-2009)
a1. Summer Solstice
b1. Rolling Hills
b2. One Day Like This (Elbow cover)
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There’s something inescapable about the weather and the seasons, not only in a very real sense but also as a theme in music. Vivaldi knew it, and there’s a lineage which can be traced through to contemporary pop. Of course, if there’s one time of year which has always captured the imaginations of songwriters more than any other, it’s the summer months and dreams of surfing, sunshine and blissful solitude.
From new Static Brothers and Sisters, Tim and Sam’s Tim and the Sam Band, Summer Solstice is the latest single to be released by this Manchester-based post-folk act. The three tracks included here are a comfort blanket of twisting Brit-folk, loping and warm with a melancholy undercurrent. Despite its title, there are undoubtedly traces of autumnal moods on this follow-up to their debut EP, released on Full of Joy Records.
With its rustic tones and enchanting melody, swept along by strings and pulsating drums, the lead track is a folk-pop tour de force, its plaintive piano delicately contrasting with the vibrant feel which prevails. It’s followed by the comparatively hushed Rolling Hills which shimmers like a lullaby, adding a glockenspiel to the bewitching layers of instrumentation. It’s a wonderful concoction which drifts effortlessly on the summer breeze, and recalls Sufjan Stevens in its spine-tingling simplicity. (Static Caravan)