“We love this band” – Henry Rollins
“Melodic as fuck” – Indie Shuffle
“It comes with high expectations, almost three years after Summer Flake’s much-lauded debut, You Can Have It All. And I am happy to say it will blow most of those expectations out of the water.” The Saturday Paper
“Australia is blessed with some truly stunning and idiosyncratic singer/songwriters – and Hello Friends is proof that Summer Flake is the cream of the crop” – Sonic Masala
“Crase’s dulcet harmonies and thoughtful arrangements suggest she’ll have no trouble holding her on own.” – Noisey
“it’s easy to tell Stephanie Crase is one of the sickest guitarists in the country.” – Beat
““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
“I say it almost every time I have to write about a new song of hers, but Steph Crase really is a genius.” – Blerg
“you’ll hear meticulous, effortless sounding harmonies, shimmering but restrained lead guitar and a knack for melody that can’t be taught.” – Double J
“Flake slows the pace down to emulate a lazy, twangy rhythm, places her distorted chords front-and-center, and layers her easy vocals to create a lush, summer-into-fall anthem.” – SPIN
“The maudlin song titles belie the strength of songwriting on show.” – 4 STARS The Music
“Stephanie Crase’s Summer Flake project is becoming Australia’s finest purveyor of moody and melodic guitar pop” – Poncho TV
Summer Flake is the lush, harmony-laden solo project of Stephanie Crase, whose DNA runs through the best Adelaide indie pop of the last ten years – from No Through Road and Birth Glow, through to Hit The Jackpot and Batrider.
Reminiscent of her early work with folk vocalist Ellen Carey (Fair Maiden), Crase eschews her old minimalism for richly layered pop arrangements, shot through with perfectly measured hooks, crunchy fuzz guitar and her own ethereal vocals.
Summer Flake’s debut album 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.
You Can Have It All was followed up by EP Time Rolls By where ‘The Sun Won’t Shine’ which was premiered by long time Summer Flake fan Henry Rollins on his KCRW radio show ‘Fanatic‘, who “loves this band.”
Summer Flake’s new 2nd full length ‘Hello Friends’ was released on April 8.
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.
‘Shoot And Score’ was the first single to be lifted off the excellent follow up album which has been premiered via Stereogum. ‘Shoot and Score’ enlists winding and mesmerising guitars underscoring straight-shooting lyrics not tied to any place nor time but that somehow are comfortingly familiar.
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.
These songs, as delicate as a snowflake on a summer beach, succeed in unmooring one from the drudgeries of place and time. This new release secures Summer Flake as a band to watch.
We were very honoured to have Henry Rollins at KCRW premiere the entire album on his April 3 show.
‘Tumbling Down’ was the last single to be plucked from the record and alongside it is an excellent video clip made by Pat Telfer. The clip was premiere on UNDER THE RADAR and it features a Choral Grief, Summer Flake herself and a guitar hunk. It’s a must see. View HERE.
Hello Friends (2016)
01. Son Of A Gun
02. Shoot And Score
03. I’d Ask You Not To Look Away
04. Make Your Way Back To Me
05. Tumbling Down
06. So Long
09. Look How Far We’ve Come
02. Die Trying
04. Just Fine
05. Naked Or Nude
06. How Long Will The Wind Blow
07. Drag You Down
08. Forever Here And Now
09. You Can Have It All
10. Dressed In Black
Time Rolls By EP (2015)
1. Number One
2. Blur Me Out
3. Makes Me Wanna Cry
4. The Sun Wont Shine
5. Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind (cover)