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!

The Sounds of Summer

I know that I owe you and the world a wrap up of May. And trust me, I am working on it. But in the meantime, lets talk summer songs. Summer starts on Friday, so what better way to start off right with some amazing tunes for the upcoming season. We also want to know your summer songs… and @begt, @bernard and I are going to share with you our songs of summer.

So here I go…

I know this song came out this past fall, but it screams summer to me. We Are Twin is a an LA based Duo with international roots. Currently they only have a 5 song EP out, but hopefully have more soon. Off of their self-titled EP here is “The Way We Touch”.

Up next is a band that @Begt knows, but I just stumbled on to this spring. New York based electro-rock-ish Ghost Beach combines synths, rock, beach and a little bit of psychedelica to craft some truly unique music. I am excited because they are touring with Cherub this fall and will have stops in both Fayetteville and Las Vegas.  Here is “Miracle” off of their first full-length record, Blonde. If you don’t move around a bit listening to this song, I will question your humanity.

SoCal (OC) based The Colourist have a similar vibe to other SoCal favorites (Family of the Year, Grouplove, the Mowgli’s, etc) but clearly have their own sound. While this song could be called a song of last summer, I’ve only recently heard it, and this is my list, so this is a song for this summer. Here is “Little Games” from their self-titled 2014 release.

We are going to go across the pond for this next one. I was exposed to Lux Lisbon through The Twitter, and am so thankful for it. This Durham, England based 5 piece band has a sound reminiscent of a young Killers, but with a bit more of that English swagger. To be honest, I am a fan of all of their songs I’ve heard, but their new single “Memento Mori” is on my current rotation. I do hope this band catches fire and visits the US in the near the future. Here is “Memento Mori” from their forthcoming full-length Your Heart is a Weapon the Size of Your First.

Last but not least, my favorite Atlanta based outfit, Paper Lights, with a more slower summer evening reflection type song, “Never Let You Go”. I don’t know what it is about this band, but I am just really digging everything they put out. Here is “Never Let You Go” which is currently available on iTunes but isn’t on an album or EP at this moment.

So what are your songs for this start of the summer?