The music of Summer Hours, a Brooklyn-based indie rock band, has been described as “smart, warm, and achingly beautiful” (Deli Magazine). This band’s latest album, Closer Still, will be released February 5, 2013.
I’m not usually too into electronica, but this band doesn’t dive too deep in those waters. They have a nice mid-tempo sound and while all of their tracks have the same type of sound, they differ enough to make the album seem full. Closer Still supplies well crafted funky and fizzy songs that will never go mainstream but they will make it to many a peoples iPods.
Founding members Mike Bliss (guitar) and Rachel Dannefer (vocals, bass) met at Oberlin College. Initially calling themselves La Pieta, the band released its first album, Summer, on Contraphonic Records in 2000, followed by Inside Out in 2003. Griffin Richardson (drums) joined the band in 2006 while on hiatus from noise rock act Tungsten74.
In 2007, the band changed its name from La Pieta to Summer Hours and signed with Deep Elm Records. Deep Elm rereleased the band’s two previous albums along with a new album, Alone Together. Alone Together received rave reviews—Verbacide called it “a perfectly balanced indie pop record…This album is brilliant.” Alter the Press said, “this release…is a burst of bright and refreshing indie pop which feels both effortless and energetic”, with “heart felt lyrics” and “airy vocals”.
Closer Still will be released this February on Technical Echo Records. According to early previews, Closer Still is “an artfully crafted record that soothes and sways the listener” (The Aquarian Weekly). The band hopes to reach as many listeners as possible—as Mike has said, “As music lovers, we know how much a great album or song can mean to a person. We want people to feel like our music understands them, supports them, and accompanies them in their life.”