A Guide to the Summer for dummies.

Motivations

Roo

Do you know what I’m going to do this summer?

Complain about the weather, that’s what!

And maybe just a little about my shoes.

 

If only there was a tune dealing with these pressing issues… wait what, there is? Navy Red by Tundra? A punky tune that is awesome? Well, I’ll be damned, that is, of course, the tune I will choose!

The most Swedish thing there is, is complaining about the weather – we do it all the time, regardless of the weather. Oh wait it is almost the most Swedish thing; the most Swedish thing is, of course, complaining about how Swedish it is to complain about the weather. Actually there are more layers on this cake; complain about complaining about complaining, ad infinitum. Now add irony, (really saying one thing meaning the opposite) that only people from my generation truly masters and understand, to the mix. While you’re at it add the hipster complaint which means complaining about the weather because it’s authentic and thus cool, but with a reservation that you do it because you know how cool it is. As you can see this means that no one in this country has any clue as to what people are saying about the weather and why they are saying it. It’s like understanding the timeline of the movie Primer, quite impossible! We all keep doing it though, with quite the enthusiasm as well – it’s the funniest thing!

Navy Red is an excellent tune that is a real earworm! It has that perfectly fuzzy punk-base that I absolutely love. I just want to put the volume to max, grab my beverage and sing along in the chorus: “Complain about the weather, complain about your shoes!”. It is a given on this summers playlist along with a bunch of other really awesome tunes, which is why you should put it on right now!

Now if we only could get some decent weather and these shoes stopped hurting my feet,  then everything would be fine.


Viktor

I usually spend a significant part of my summer on some kind of trip. Given my history with the straight edge movement it goes without saying that I’m of course talking about literal trips involving the physical movement of my person to some other place rather than the chemically induced version. Lately, the past five or so years, I’ve been swept along with the current trend of taking a trip, usually by air plane, to a place where I take yet another trip this time propelled by my own muscles, such as hiking or canoeing, only to then fly back home. Yes I know that it is quiet silly but I do enjoy it nonetheless. In my defence I have also been hiking fairly extensively in my own area as well. We do after all have some amazing nature here in the middle of Sweden.

This hobby of mine involves spending a no less significant amount of time in or around my tent temporarily pitched in places such as a mountain pass or an islet waiting out weather too harsh for comfort. For this reason my summer playlists have lately been even more important. My tent is little more than a slightly oversized sleeping bag and does not offer much room for leisure options. Reception, as well, tend to be limited, in most such areas. This means that having a well crafted and very importantly; downloaded, playlist is key.

In order to take me through a day of bad weather, I need my summer playlist to be of quiet considerable scope as well as reflect all the various facets of my current taste in music as well as possible. Also, for the last three years, I have shared my summer playlists here on the blog, thus, I do nowadays have the ambition to make it somewhat digestible for someone with perhaps not an exact match with my taste in music.

All things considered, making my summer playlist is somewhat of an endeavour nowadays. However, there is always some track that has just presented itself as a given every year.

Well almost every year.

Not this year.

Not exactly any way.

I kind of knew that I would be having a Sinkane track on the list as soon as the album was announced. For the longest time I was pretty sure it was going to be the first single Everybody. It is an amazing track and I love it. In Everybody Sinkane really shows off his genius in song crafting with viritous interplay between rhythm and melody. Somehow though, I knew, I had to hold off in picking the Sinkane track for the list (and thus in extension putting a pause on finalizing the mix entirely) ‘til the whole album was released. Life & Livin’ it was one of my favourite albums of 2017 and it made second place on the ATuneThat’s year end list on the merits of almost every single track being amazing. As more singles were released for this years album Dépaysé, it became clear that this very well could be the case with Dépaysé as well.

I’m happy that I did hold off even though that means I have now to scramble to finish the mix in time to make public this weekend.


The album was just as, or perhaps even more stupid good than Life & Livin’ it and lo and behold, there was among the tracks one tune that I just knew immediately had to be on my summer playlist this year, Stranger.

This track most likely possess superpowers the likes of comic book heros. I feel that it is clearly indestructible and it sure can fly. I know it to be super strong and deceptively fast. It is clearly technical and I am beginning to suspect that it has some kind of telepathic abilities as it seems to affect some kind of mind control over me, I have after all had it on repeat most of the weekend. Most of all though, the call ‘n response leading into the chorus is one of the best examples of the overwhelming jubilance that Sinkane has made a career out of.

I’m happy that I did hold off even though that means I have now to scramble to finish the mix in time to make public this weekend. The album was just as, or perhaps even more stupid good than Life & Livin’ it and lo and behold, there was among the tracks one tune that I just knew immediately had to be on my summer playlist this year, Stranger.

This track most likely possess superpowers the likes of comic book heros. I feel that it is clearly indestructible and it sure can fly. I know it to be super strong and deceptively fast. It is clearly technical and I am beginning to suspect that it has some kind of telepathic abilities as it seems to affect some kind of mind control over me, I have after all had it on repeat most of the weekend. Most of all though, the call ‘n response leading into the chorus is one of the best examples of the overwhelming jubilance that Sinkane has made a career out of.

Now I have to finish the playlist in time for this articles publication so that I can share it here (Oh! it seems I did make it in time).


…and for our next task, we will find a tune that…


…you love that you would never have guessed didn’t have bass on it (White Stripes songs excluded).

The amazing The Royal They made us this challenge and we of course will take it on with all the fervour with which we do everything. We’ll need it because we have a special challenge due in only four days on account of the national holiday celebrating …well, you see, Sweden doesn’t have an independence day (other countries have days commemorating becoming independent from us) nor any other form of birthday. Just happens that a bunch of weather insensitive people have been hanging around in this inhospitable region for a long-ass-time. Gradually that turned into a nation because …why not. Shit if that’s not cause for celebration I don’t know what is…

We will celebrate by taking on our traditional challenge to find a tune that…

  …is great and is also written in Swedish.

see you Thursday

…and then of course again in 14 days as usually when we have to complete the challenge from The Royal They. Oh and if you get bored in the meantime just head on over to our excellent feature interview with The Royal They.


see you in two weeks!