Album Review: Summer Camp – Welcome To Condale
Bounding onto the blogosphere in a artfully filmy haze of fuzzy mp3s, mahoosive fringes and hidden identities, the Summer Camp debate rages on: are the London boy/girl duo innovative and beguiling, or is their perpetual yearning for a era long-gone regressive and, at worst, oddly fetishistic? Qualms about the worthiness of nostalgia and The Future Of Music aside, Welcome To Condale is an mostly enjoyable affair – there’s something satisfyingly natty about ‘Brian Krakow’s plasticky power synths, and in the crackling, John Hughes-sampling ‘Summer Camp’. It’s sometimes even euphoric – see the gorgeous ‘Losing My Mind’, which sets dreamy synths against a plaintive, heart-rending chorus, redolent of St. Vincent’s recent fare. But by the time first single ‘Ghost Train’ chugs around, the sugar high has slumped, and Summer Camp’s shambling schtick isn’t quite as charming any more. Welcome To Condale is a harmless slice of indie-retro… if you don’t look too closely. Katherine Rodgers
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KEY TRACKS: BRIAN KRAKOW, LOSING MY MIND, GHOST TRAIN.
FOR FANS OF: BEST COAST, VIVIAN GIRLS, TENNIS.
(published in AU magazine)