Young EP

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I found this EP in 2013 through Tyler, the Creator's 2011 Summer Camp Mix. This was one of the songs that stuck out to me on it. While I'm not typically a fan of indie pop of this style, I can love the trendsetter while hating the trend. Learned to love myself to this album, fell in love with someone else to it, fell out of love with them to it. It's a crystallization of my early teen years.
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Summer Camp's debut single “Ghost Train”, reappears on their six track EP (appropriately titled “Young”) and sounds as yearning, melancholic and beautiful as ever. “Young” boasts many other sparkling treats besides though, such as the addictive Smiths-meets-Shangri-La’s stomp of “Was It Worth It?”, the gorgeously tropical sway of “Why Don’t You Stay” and the pithy kitchen sink vignettes of “Veronica Sawyer” – think Mike Leigh chronicling the world of John Hughes with equal parts wit and gentle resignation and you’re close.

It also contains the sweetly soaring single “Round the Moon”, which plays out, essentially, like Summer Camp in miniature, sounding like the best end-of-prom tune never written, complete with whirling, Magnetic Fields-esque keyboards and the simple yet strikingly poignant lyric “we danced all night and we held each other tight/ till the morning light”. Forget any notions of revivalism – Summer Camp have no truck with that. Their commitment to perfect pop craftsmanship is not in service to the history of music; but rather, to the listener, capturing exactly why the potency of a great pop song remains untouched.

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released September 6, 2010

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