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Summer Thieves - Album Review: Paradise Down The Road

13 Dec 2021 // A review by Lou Clement
As a cyclone bears down on the city, I’m hoping that Summer returns to us… especially with this, what could be the soundtrack to the summer, the second album release from pop-indie outfit Summer Thieves.

The opening track Pages straddles a gentle reggae beat and a chorus that cries out for a beach day party. With the relaxation-months upon us, this five piece, led by vocalist Jake Barton are bringing a sonic mash up which delivers pop lyrics with, at times, soulful delivery, sweet guitar solos, and a perfect antidote to the confines and routines of everyday life.

It’s easy listening, yet it’s clever. There’s a dose of optimism in the catchy lyrics – ‘I’m not lost but I’m searching for my purpose’ sings Barton in Potions. The imagery is straightforward and catches a common sense of purpose, we might all feel at one time or another.

I enjoyed the acoustic guitar led track, in All for You and there’s a good dose of considering our emotional lives as you move through the album. Things ramp up in tracks like Paper Tiger. Spotify recently went through a change in their software so that artists could share their albums in an order which they specify – and this seems important for this album. Listen to it in its intended order – I hear that there has been careful consideration in the album track orders - like a musical journey. Things slow down for penultimate track Floating Away, it’s a sort of one-sided conversation, probably a lot like those conversations we have with ourselves at times, lost in thought. In the final track, it feels like a push to a slightly more bluesy pop track, the raspy vocals and chilled vibe make it an easy listen. There isn’t a track that I don’t like, but I’d probably say that Pages and Saturday Night are my favourites. If we can have summer back now, please, this is your perfect road trip soundtrack.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )

About Summer Thieves

Over the last 12 months, Summer Thieves have been working and recording under the mentorship and direction of multi-award winning and multi-platinum producer, Tiki Taane (Six60, Salmonella Dub, Shapeshifter). The experience that the band has gained in working with such an accomplished artist and producer has proven invaluable in helping to expand and hone their own sound.

They've played to crowds at the likes of Rhythm and Vines, Kaikoura Summer Sounds and La De Da and been demanded three straight years for the Otago University O'Week festival. In the last couple of years Summer Thieves have shared the stage with the nations best as well as some international heavyweights, supporting Sticky Fingers on their sold-out NZ tour - adding to a list that boasts the likes of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Six60, David Dallas, Katchafire, Kora and many more.

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Paradise Down The Road
Year: 2021
Type: Album
Bandaids and Lipstick
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Summer Thieves
Year: 2012
Type: EP

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