The Songs of Summer #42: ‘Deadbeat Summer’ by Neon Indian
The Songs of Summer List is rapidly approaching its halfway point! That’s hard to believe, but here in Michigan the weather’s finally starting to act like summer. I just came in from working out in the garage and the lawn…It’s sunny and hot and humid out there today, the perfect day for a hazy indie pop song like ‘Deadbeat Summer‘ by Neon Indian.
‘Deadbeat Summer’ brings me back to the summer of 2010, the summer after its 2009 release. Its woozy sound helped usher in a new indie subgenre known as ‘chillwave,’ categorized by wikipedia as “a genre of music whose artists are often characterized by their heavy use of effects processing, synthesizers, looping, sampling, and heavily filtered vocals with simple melodic lines.” The sound was popularized by this band, Neon Indian, and others such as Washed Out, Toro y Moi, and Small Black. It’s the shimmery sound of heat waves coming off the hot pavement on a 100 degree day.
‘Deadbeat Summer‘ has a sound that reminded Pitchfork of ” how it sounded when a tape played so much it unraveled in the deck: twisted, flanging, and misshapen.” It’s blurry, chilled-out sound is perfect for lazing away in the summer heat, waiting for the evening cool down.
Which is what I’m going to do Right. Now.