This ‘Summer Camp’ review was written by Laura Tompkins, a GIGsoup contributor.
Indie-pop duo ‘Summer Camp’ return with LP number three ‘Bad Love’ – out on Moshi Moshi Records this week. Messrs. Warmsley and Sankey reflect on hopeless relationships, romantic mis-adventure and all those other failed attempts at finding true love.
There are none of the twee memories of skipping hand in hand through fields of roses here. This 11 track is a firm reminder of memories of woe and despair – from being let down to falling for Mr Wrong.
The title track infuses electronic layers with Elizabeth Sankey’s vocals creating a whirlwind of activity – the vocals are brisk, giving the impression she is struggling to cram the whole relationship into 2 minutes 57 seconds.
The rest of the album follows this theme with songs attempting to define hopeless shots at romance. ‘Beautiful’ sums up every unrealistic crush, the song cuts off sharply towards its climax symbolising the infatuation of a relationship going nowhere.
‘You’re Gone’allows Jeremy Warmsley to showcase his vocals and the track acts as a conversation piece between himself and Sankey.
Throughout the LP the eighties infused synths give the impression of a teen movie. Certainly everyone will be able to associate with one, if not more, of the tracks here – we’ve all been on the end of a romantic pasting yeah? But rather than coming away from this subject matter with a heavy heart the general instrumentation and play-fullness instils a quite up-lifting feeling.
‘Bad Love’ticks all the boxes with regards to originality. Where it falls down is with area’s of its production. At times it feels rushed, as though the duo wanted to cement complete song and verse into their three minute songs. Occasionally the instrumentation drowns out the lyrics and Sankey’s vocals – which considering how beautiful they are it’s somewhat of a shame. However, this LP is well thought out and certainly offers an alternate view to the wishy-washy stories of love that are so often played out.
‘Bad Love’ is out now on ‘Moshi Moshi’ Records.
The full track-listing for ‘Bad Love’ is as follows…
’Drive Past my House’
‘If You Hate Me’
You can see ‘Summer Camp’ at one of the following venues…