Thursday, 12 September 2013

Track Of The Day: The Pastels - 'Summer Rain'

Twelve days into September and our British summer is drawing to a close... I woke up to find that it had been raining overnight, and it looks like there will be more of the wet stuff today (according to my iPhone forecast anyway). Over the last week or so I have been picking some of the essential tunes that soundtracked my summer this year, and here's one that seems appropriate. Would be even more apt if it was called "End Of Summer Rain', but you can't have it all eh? The Pastels are a band that I first heard back in late 1998, on the soundtrack album to ‘The Acid House’, an album I had bought purely for the (then) exclusive Primal Scream track 'Insect Royalty'. After not releasing a full-length album for sixteen years, the band returned with 'Slow Summits' back in May of this year, a lovely pastoral record perfect for sunny days.

Poignant Velvet Underground-esque melancholy that on the surface sounds like a sweet little love song, but listen deeper and it reveals an underlying message concerning mankind's abuse of our planet. This song was also released as part of a limited-edition cassette release for this year's Cassette Store Day, which took place a few days ago (September 7)...



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