My Verano Sounds Like This

Slow shutter summerI’m a child of March. In El Salvador, March is the hottest month of the year. The cicadas come out and we all go to the beach. I am a child of the Summer. And I always celebrate it with music and some kind of art project (like that year when I documented my entire summer in film photographs). This year has been a bit different for me and I’ve been on rough path for a couple of months. I have been able to travel some, which helps me clear my mind, but I haven’t even made an official B Gutierrez 2014 Summer Playlist, or haven’t worked on any art projects. Well, I applied to a couple, but they’ve been rejected. But then, last night, when I got out of a store and the heavy hot air hit my face, I realized we are officially in the Dog Days. So I’ve decided to re-start things.

When it comes to summer music, I could go anywhere. I spent one entire summer listening to nothing but early-2000’s Latin-american reggae. And there was another summer where I made this play list called “Tropical” and it had a lot of old school bachata and vallenato, sprinkled with a little Jack Johnson. Then there was the Summer of Jack Johnson.. that playlist was called “Pacific Love,” but it was just all Jack’s music with (maybe) Bob Marley’s Legend included. I’m not even kidding.

Then, in 2010, I discovered Mausi. That was the year I had Rye Rye’s “Sunshine” on repeat until Mausi came to my rescue with the gem that is “Sol.”

If you don’t get happy with that video/song combo, I don’t think we can be friends. The song alone, which was created for that specific video, is amazing. I read (here) that this is what started Mausi. They took a trip to Italy and then edited down the video to 3 minutes, then created a song from it. And because of the Internet, they are now a band. Pretty amazing, right? No wonder I couldn’t find anything else by them when I got super obsessed with Sol.

Mausi has continued creating summer jams. And they have so many mixes and remixes… It’s a wonderful world to get lost in. I wish I had access to all of their material. Here are the rest of the original songs:

And their latest summer jam “My Friend Has A Swimming Pool”

As I told you, I have plenty of other summer jams, but this season has been odd. And Mausi has come to the rescue. So, for now, Mausi is all I want to share.

My car told me yesterday at lunch that it was 99*F outside. My car tends to exaggerate when it comes to heat, so it was probably a few degrees under that. The air has been heavy with this Southern humidity and it feels healing. So here’s to celebrating the rest of the season of the sun!

This might be my quintessential Summer song

It’s been a year (oh, Summer 2012) since I discovered (read “ran into it somewhere around the Interwebz”) M A U S I and their single “Sol.” I found it in video format, so I can’t really listen to it without picturing the kitty at sec. 48. In fact, that’s how happy I get when I hear this song. I don’t know if I love the video or the song more, but I know it makes me think of Summer.

You know what is very intriguing about M A U S I? They only seem to have this song (and a bunch of remixes of it) and another one called “Move” and that’s it. I cannot find anything else by these guys. ANYTHING. Hurts my feelings a little bit, I’m not gonna lie. I want more M A U S I.

I want to know everyone’s quintessential Summer song and make a playlist. Yessss.

Enjoy the heat!