Release Date: Jul 9, 2012
Record label: Apricot
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
There’s a lot that’s really, really annoying about Summer Camp duo and actual couple Jeremy Walmsley and Elizabeth Sankey. That whole “we invented an area of Los Angeles called Condale to pretend we live there” thing. Their impossible to navigate website. The way every song sounds like people holding hands.
If Summer Camp’s 2011 debut full-length, Welcome to Condale, was the London-based duo’s “love letter to the days of being a teenager” and an ode to the 1980s, then the Always EP is a documentation of the summer a few years into college, the one where you don’t quite fit in at home anymore, and your friends have moved away, and you spend the hot July days pining for the fall semester. The bright, blue eyeshadow and wavy, blonde hair have been traded in for thick, black eyeliner and a straightener. Elizabeth Sankey’s vocals have a new edge, and Jeremy Warmsley has toned down the bubbly beats that made Condale so catchy.
British indie-pop duo Summer Camp has a reputation for being nostalgic. After basing their full length Welcome to Condale off of John Hughes films and ’80s tunes, it comes as no surprise that their newest EP, Always is reminiscent of a time when neon pants and synthesizers ruled the world.Always starts off strongly with the misleadingly somber intro to “Life.” Over the sounds of a piano, vocalist Elizabeth Sankey gently croons about love, which is a common theme throughout the band’s work. “My bloody hands reach only for you/My dark soul longs only for you/My icy breath whispers your name/My cold skin wants to touch you again,” she sings in a tone so dark it’s chilling.