Fred Thomas’ Saturday Looks Good To Me released¬†All Your Summer Songs on¬†Polyvinyl ten years ago, and this was actually the band’s debut on the label! It made quite the splash, as you can see in the details below with numerous publications giving it high marks.¬†All Your Summer Songs does justice to its 60s pop influences, all while introducing modern elements of dub in to, well, pretty much all aspects of the band’s instrumentation and vocals. This release is actually quite cheap for a full length limited edition LP, and you apparently get two bonus tracks on the LP, according to the Polyvinyl website. Have a listen below on Spotify and see what you think. Cheers!
Led by songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Fred Thomas (His Name Is Alive, Flashpapr, Lovesick, City Center), SLGTM's Polyvinyl debut is nothing short of classic.
Named one of Pitchfork's Top 50 albums of 2003, All Your Summer Songs brings to mind:
the lo-fi yet jam-packed production styles of Phil Spector, Joe Meek, and Motown's Berry Gordy.
the dense arrangements of Brian Wilson, Left Banke, Love, early Rolling Stones and '60's girl groups
the impressions all of the above made on contemporary pop artists like Belle & Sebastian and The Magnetic Fields.
Throughout All Your Summer Songs, specifically placed string sections, horns, bells and strange percussion sounds reflect off warm soul rhythms to create electrifying pop songs that overflow with claustrophobic melodies and an unmistakable AM radio vibe.
A huge cast of friends and musicians lent their talents to the making of this album, including guests like Ted Leo, Tara Jane O'Neil, Jessica Bailiff, as well as members of Ida, Secret Stars, His Name Is Alive and others.
"Unshakeable and unique, an utterly timeless structure." Pitchfork
"Just to prove how wonderful the traditional form of pop music can be when flawlessly executed, Saturday Looks Good to Me hearkens back to the classic sound of the 50s and 60s." Pitchfork
"Varying instruments and catchy pop vocals mesh into one concrete record that sours to new heights track-by-track. Mellow, happy, and experimental all in one foul swoop." Altercation
"A gorgeous baroque-pop record." DIW
"Their best invention yet." Chord
"All the songs are catchy, all the melodies are perfectly crafted, and all of it will get stuck in you head..." F.U.G. Magazine
"This is a great record." Modern Fix
"Alluring, thoroughly charming." Shredding Paper
"A fun, fine record that you should seek out." Mundane Sounds
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