Stuck On Play Everyday - Living Hour's "Summer Smog"
By Spike Brendle
Take Beach House and lock them in a room for one month with nothing but The Cranberries records, and then kindly ask them to cover Best Coast and Alvvays songs. If my theory is correct, it would sound similar to Living Hour. I don’t often check the random Facebook groups that I am subscribed to, but thank god the post from “Dream Pop Lovers” made its way to my feed, convincing me to listen to the Canadian-born, reverb-soaked, dreamy melancholic beach sound that is Living Hour. Their self-titled album was recently re-released late February (and was previously released last year on cassette only) and the album has been my day-to-day soundtrack ever since.
I have been drawn to each song separately, but the opening track “Summer Smog” seemed like the most accessible and perfect introduction to the album. The opening guitar riff immediately fills your soul with faint foreign memories, even encouraging mild déjà vu. We have all been here before: in our dreams, everything is perfect and the feeling of bliss and serenity surrounds us. It’s such a simple song with a simple extended verse, leading to a repeating pre-chorus, which picks up and turns into the chorus.
Summer 2016 has officially begun - here in Arizona at least - and this is the perfect track for a nice warm welcome. The whole album reflects all that "Summer Smog" has to offer and more, making this the perfect soundtrack to cruise you through the next six months of heat. The band is playing tomorrow night, April 9th at Rips Bar in Phoenix. (They were previously set to open at Valley Bar opening for Cullen Omori (of Smith Westerns), who had to cancel the rest of his tour due to van trouble.) The show starts at 9pm.