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Taking their warm folk ambiance to brighter tones, breezy days and sun-kissed skin, Locomotive Ghost open up their "Summer" 7” with tunes of heartache for livin’ easy. While summer’s glow warms with busy skips of vocal harmonies and gentle rhythms coasting under a starry night twang, the warmer months still seem to make heartache so cold in “Blue Eyes.” That cold lingers throughout “Summer,” into the scenic views of apple trees on a breezy hill on the second track “Isaac Newton.” (listen here)
Just like summer’s fast and fleeting moments of sun baked joy, the optimism shines through brightly, but briefly. Those folk-rock roots gain just a little more pop with an island feel in “Dog Days,” a tune that truly reflects summer’s sweetest escapes. Summer doesn’t last long however, by the time the needle has spun to track four, the frigid breezes and shriveled leaves begin to howl around the corner in “Run for Cover.” Seasons come and seasons go. For Locomotive Ghost, summer feels particularly short, but illustrates the inner restlessness we feel in summer’s joys. Because at one point or another, life’s responsibilities and worries have to be addressed. “It’s cold outside,” howls one lone line through commanding percussion and searing guitar tones. Unfortunately, we can’t live those “Dog Days” forever.