The Spinners

♪ A Summer Escape (Golden Teardrops, 2008) ♪

In Indie Pop, OPM, Rex Baylon, Track Reviews on December 8, 2010 at 5:39 am

Can a person truly fall in love with a band after hearing only one of its songs?

Lorelie Landavora and Ryan Marquez make up the band Golden Teardrops, and although I’ve only listened to one of their songs, I must admit, I’m hungry for more. “A Summer Escape” is a track that evokes the very best of The Beach Boys, more specifically the harmonic simplicity of Brian Wilson. Categorically speaking, the song falls under the label of twee pop with its infectious pop melody, and its innocent and somewhat banal lyrics. And though Landavora’s vocals are reminiscent of Zooey Deschanel’s, the track is not just some summer pop song derivative.

Maybe it’s my preference for downbeat and somewhat melancholic summer tracks like “A Summer Song” by Chad and Jeremy, Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues,” or Eric Burdon’s “Spill the Wine” over the saccharine glazed oeuvre of a group like Sugar Ray or Smash Mouth that have colored my appreciation for “A Summer Escape”—but the heart wants what it wants. Or it might be my distaste for songs, no matter how catchy or popular they maybe, that force a fun directive down listener’s throats just because it’s what you’re supposed to do. Either way, Landavora’s vocal delivery lends “A Summer Escape” a refreshing ironic twist.

The song paints summer not as a collection of cliché moments on the beach or at a backyard barbecue, but as a feeling—or more appropriately, a sensation. We all long for a break, the perfect vacation fantasy, from the grinding routine of work or school. And though we may find shelter and solace in the warm embrace of the sun, sand, and waves, the friends we’ve left behind and the lives we’ve abandoned back home always manage to find us like a cold breeze on a hot day. The escape is only temporary and the fleeting taste of freedom short-lived. All we can do is count the days until next summer and hope we can last until then.

– Rex Baylon

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  1. Just stumbled upon this. Thanks for the kind words. Really glad to find out you like the song.

    Best wishes,
    Ryan

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