Anyone who has spent a scorching hot afternoon in the park, lying on a check blanket in a drunken fruit cider haze, knows when they hear that summer hit. A summertime favourite is a song that soundtracks your entire holiday; the track that is forever playing on the radio and would accompany a montage of people hanging out, going to BBQs and crowd surfing at festivals. Unfortunately, we may need some help this season with the good vibrations. Thankfully, German outfit Some Sprouts have released that distracting hit for you.
Summer Daze sounds exactly how it reads. It is an upbeat breeze that whistles through your ears. The song begins with an infectious set of vocal harmonies that are reminiscent of mid-’00s British indie-pop; a series of echoey yelps that draw you in and immediately establish that feeling of warmth and sunlit evenings. Providing the instrumentation is a plush arrangement of snappy drums, buoyant bass and bright, head-bopping guitar chords. These sultry tones all mesh together and let the vocals take centre stage. With an impossibly smitten nature, the singer tells of his absolute infatuation with an unknown person and the lack of reciprocation. And yet, he doesn’t care. Despite his confusion, he has accepted his feelings and has no desire to lose them. Throughout the sections, the track flows effortlessly from beach to beach, calling on that careless feeling of a summer that will never end. The music never breaks its spell, yet injects jangly, effect-soaked guitar melodies that keep the song optimistic, airy and utterly piquant.
Summer Daze is the perfect, light-hearted summer anthem of unrequited love. You are lost in the haze, but it doesn’t matter. You’re happy to be there in the first place. It’s a universal and unforgettable feeling. “You’ll always seem to stay with me”.