The Songs of Summer #101: ‘Walkabout’ by Atlas Sound/’What Am I Going to Do’ by The Dovers
‘Walkabout‘ got a lot of play on my iPod circa summer of ’09. This chillwave song by indie stalwart Atlas Sound with help from Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear) has a great summer vibe to it, and music that sounded instantly familiar to me when I first heard it… I recognized it as a sample of another of my favorite summer songs, this one from a much earlier era, ‘What Am I Going to Do’ by The Dovers. This garage rock classic from 1965 is one of my favorite cuts on the essential Rhino Records box set ‘Nuggets,’ which compiled several CDs worth of the greatest garage rock songs of the sixties. ‘Walkabout‘ samples The Dovers very heavily, and in this case the end result sounds amazing. Since I love both songs, I figured why not just include both of them. Why not, right? The Songs of Summer is coming to an end, so why not pack as much in these last few days as possible. Neither song is really a summer song, but they’re both songs that I totally associate with the summertime, and that’s good enough for me.
Heading into a long Labor Day weekend, summer’s last hurrah, I hope the Songs of Summer finds you somewhere you love to be, relaxing with those you love to be with.
Check both tracks out and see what you think. Are they worthy of your Songs of Summer?
Atlas Sound feat. Noah Lennox ‘Walkabout‘
The Dovers ‘What Am I Going to Do’
The Dovers cut isn’t available on Spotify (boo!) so the playlist just includes Atlas Sound.