Sappington

Summer

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Released as part of Dreams By Degrees' Seasons series of 10" EPs, Summer is a bit light in the songwriting department but an interesting platter nonetheless. Ann Talbot and Keith Vidal pitch in only two new songs, "Airtight" and "Libra." The first one is a gentle folk-pop ballad inhabited by acoustic guitar and Talbot's soft singing. The second is a completely different thing, a noisy alternative/indie rock song with Vidal at the helm, singing and hammering at his electric guitar while a flurry of programmed beats pushes him relentlessly. Rounding up side one is an inspired rendition of Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the Machine," very personal yet surprisingly accurate (which doesn't mean "similar," mind you). The "Airtight" remix by Park Avenue Music's Wes Steed deconstructs the song, stripping away its charm in the process and failing to find something to replace it. In the end, Summer sounds like a half-hearted effort, but it still has its moments.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
4:55
2
4:40
3
3:14
4
4:45
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