‘Welcome To Condale’
Summer Camp are a great new indie duo from London with 80’s fuelled pop dance-worthy tracks. Despite cheery pop songs not being considered necessarily cool or game-changing, the band offer energy, innocence and tales of romance in their debut album ”ËWelcome To Condale’.
Perhaps kicking off with the perfect pop song, Better Off Without You is a track worthy of an 80’s rom-com soundtrack. Elizabeth Sankey sings with the same clean endearing Debbie Harry-esque vocals but still pushes on the alternative punk style with a fresh twist. Vocally she proves herself thoroughly and shows strong high pitched harmonies and melodies on most tracks on the album. Jeremy Warmsley provides slow monotonous backing vocals contrasting the sweet and uplifting vocals of Sankey. Better Off Without You for pop melody of the year? I think so.
Throughout the album, Warmsley and Sankey feed off each other through synth-pop anthems. The band offers something really fucking cool, they appeal to the teenage high school audience, and there is nothing wrong with that. They manage this with huge accomplishment, and despite the simplicity of the melodies, the electronic instrumentals, upon digging deeper to the structure, really do come across as quite multifarious.
Throughout, the album is glossy, glittery and does not need to hide this. It needs to be accompanied with glamour and shine. Ultimately the band are a modern take on the original indie sound, combining both futuristic electronic sounds with simple pop and even punk melodies at times. The album features samples of speech in a very Pink Floyd fashion whilst integrating some old electronic or progressive rock clichÃÂ©s.
Emotionally, the album seems to focus of more of the minor problems of life rather than pain or suffering, with lyrics of tracks such as ”ËLosing My Mind’ stating “This house isn’t big enough for the both of us”Â suggesting failings of relationships and heartache. Although the album is focussing on heartbreak and the negative aspects of love, you can’t help but feel the album takes a light-hearted view due to the tone of the melody and music throughout. Even as the album hits the middle, the music evidently gets more complicated and complex, with the off beat drums and layers upon layers covering the distorted vocals on ”ËNobody Knows You’.
Ultimately the band have created a strong and original sound and they’re certainly easy to set apart from similar lo-fi, electronic, indie sounding bands as they tackle their music with passion and the vocals are fuelled with emotion. I can see the tracks being played at alternative discos and certainly festivals next year. The album is a soundtrack to summer despite it being released in autumn. However, the duo has much more potential as they clearly demonstrate their instrumental ability and capability to write fantastic pop melodies. They’re pushing the boundaries currently, and I predict they’re bound to continue with the experimentation in the future. They’re a new band to really be excited about as they continue to combine genres and move the indie scene away from the tedious sound of dry, simple, monotonous guitar fuelled melody. They are romantic, effortless and write extraordinary pop songs. Summer Camp are an fascinating group to be watching in the near future.