Saturday, June 23, 2012

This Summer
Merge [2012]

Sometimes something is better than nothing and sometimes that something is amazing. Superchunk's new single This Summer is a perfect example of that exact scenario. We've waited over two years not knowing what the future might hold for these nearly dormant Chapel Hill, NC indie pioneers and finally, we are graced with the arrival of two songs: "This Summer" and a cover of Bananarama's 1983 hit, "Cruel Summer". The title track is classic Superchunk in such a hard way that it makes the entire purchase worth it just for the one new song. It's raw and catchy and could've been one of the more memorable (deleted) tracks off of their 1991 album No Pocky for Kitty. The B side cover song can stand alone as well. A faster, punkier, version of a song that has been ingrained in your soul so permanently over the past thirty years that you can still smell the gals' hairspray. I'm impressed, excited, and so appropriately affected considering Summer began here in NYC just a few days ago with temperatures hitting 100 degrees right off the bat. Timing is everything. Available on white vinyl and hand numbered out of 1,300. The record also includes a download for both songs plus an acoustic version of "This Summer". Stay cool.  

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