Summer Flake has returned in full force with Hello Friends, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2013 debut LP You Can Have It All. The album marks a new era for Melbourne-via-Adelaide musician Stephanie Crase (whose former credits include No Through Road, Birth Glow, Hit the Jackpot and Batrider), having enlisted the production finesse of Geoffrey O'Connor to propel her idiosyncratically sun-drunk guitar pop into new and lusher territories.
Drenched in a timelessness of reverb, Summer Flake's songs are transcendent - moving through the dreamy wings of pop, via the Crystals and the Paris Sisters, down the lonely byways of Karen Dalton and Laurel Canyon folkies, ambling up into the grubby 90s of Hole and Sonic Youth, before lingering out finally into the sunshine of other dream-pop contemporaries like Best Coast or Mac Demarco.
It's only the second full-length release for Summer Flake but Crase's output has been prolific over the last four years, with four EPs under her belt that garnered increasing attention in Australia and internationally. In August 2015, Henry Rollins premiered 'The Sun Won't Shine' (the debut single from the Time Rolls By EP) on legendary Californian public radio station KCRW, with Rollins proclaiming "we love this band".
Hello Friends continues Crase's tendency for the thoughtful arrangements, '90s-tinged frankness and dizzying harmonies that have led her from strength to strength, this time adding a deeper layer of emotional reflection to an already enduring sound.
These songs, as delicate as a snowflake on a summer beach, succeed in unmooring one from the drudgeries of place and time.
Hello Friends is Summer Flake's new incredible follow up album!
Hello Friends marks a new era for Melbourne-via-Adelaide musician Stephanie Crase having enlisted the production finesse of Geoffrey O’Connor to propel her idiosyncratically sun-drunk guitar pop into new and lusher territories.
Hello Friends continues Crase’s tendency for the thoughtful arrangements, ’90s-tinged frankness and dizzying harmonies that have led her from strength to strength, this time adding a deeper layer of emotional reflection to an already enduring sound.
These songs, as delicate as a snowflake on a summer beach, succeed in unmooring one from the drudgeries of place and time
“Crase’s dulcet harmonies and thoughtful arrangements suggest she’ll have no trouble holding her on own.” Noisey
“We love this band” Henry Rollins KCRW
“The melody — angelic at times, nearly deadpan at others — emanates Australia. Artists like Courtney Barnett have really started paving the way for this uniquely sunburnt brand of indie folk, and Summer Flake is taking it down a bright new road.” Indie Shuffle
“This particular riff builds up such hypnotic momentum that when “Shoot And Score” reaches its abrupt ending, it leaves you wanting more. “Shoot and score, take what’s yours,” Crase sings, perhaps forecasting her group’s inevitable rise to prominence.” Stereogum
Debut album from Summer Flake 'You Can Have It All' is a seemingly effortless distillation of cold winter light, cheap tobacco, apple crumble and languid afternoons on the couch with the cat and mugs of hot milky tea. The ten tracks ebb and flow through the wistful carelessness of Adelaide suburban life, skirting the usual melodramatic tropes, carefully balancing smart, simple guitar lines atop the dreamy harmonies; a perfectly balanced record from a songwriter of rare maturity and humour.
Summer Flake's latest EP 'Time Rolls By' is available on a limited edition cassette!
Digital download included.
1. Number One
2. Blur Me Out
3. Makes Me Wanna Cry
4. Sun Won't Shine
5. Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind (cover)