With summer now dead and buried (I’m writing this with a blanket wrapped around me) it’s important to find music that keeps you in that summer kind of mood until you feel ready to wear a sensible jacket when you venture outside.
Over the past 5 years, Eternal Summers have put out gorgeous records with the innocence of a love song by The Cure and the weirdness of My Bloody Valentine. They make beautiful music that is gentle in all the right places.
Their new record, Gold and Stone is a fragile piece of art that quite frankly tops their previous releases. It feels like a hug from your best friend, it has a reassuring glow to it that just makes you want to obsess over it again and again. Sure it is a fragile record, but don’t let that make you think you’re a wuss for falling in love with it. Eternal Summers capture what Mazzy Star were (are) and made something bigger in their sound. They aren’t a band you should force a label upon. Gold and Stone is part 90s baggy sound with a current daydream feel to it. It is everything I love about music merged into one.
Although the record does consist of gems, for me it is ‘Black Diamond’ that stands out the most. The lyrics are wonderful and the music is just a bed of beauty. There are some songs on the record that could sound perfect on any of their other records, but for me ‘Black Diamond’ is the one that stands out on its own and sounds perfect in the now.
Eternal Summers are playing two shows in London this month (a free one at Birthdays and another at Tuffnell Park Dome) so you’ve got no excuse to not see them. Of course as a proud northerner, I am happy to tell you that London is not the centre of the UK and that Eternal Summers are doing a full UK tour this month. Go see them and cling onto the summer we never had.
Review by Olivia Cellamare
Eternal Summers tour the UK in September, with a few other European shows thrown in for good measure:
SEP 16 – Falmouth, UK @ Mono w/ Pinact
SEP 17 – London, UK @ Birthdays w/ Pinact (free)
SEP 18 – Amsterdam, NL @ De Nieuwe Anita w/Happyness (Subbacultcha)
SEP 19 – Antwerp, NL @ Muziekcentrum TRIX w/ Surfer Blood
SEP 20 – Tilburg, NL – Incubate Festival
SEP 21 – Cologne, GER @ Blue Shell w/ Surfer Blood
SEP 22 – Paris, FR @ L’Espace B w/ Surfer Blood
SEP 24 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds w/ Surfer Blood
SEP 25 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast w/ Surfer Blood
SEP 27 – Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny w/ Surfer Blood
SEP 28 – Norwich, UK – Norwich Arts Centre w/ Surfer Blood
SEP 30 – London, UK @ Tufnell Park Dome w/ Surfer Blood
OCT 01 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute w/ Surfer Blood
OCT 02 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club w/ Surfer Blood
OCT 03 – Southampton, UK @ The Joiners w/ Surfer Blood
OCT 04 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla w/ Surfer Blood
OCT 05 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope & Ruin w/ Surfer Blood
Watch the video for ‘Come Alive’ below: