Poolside and Amo Amo’s new single lands somewhere between cry-for-help and carefree jaunt.
The musical bed underpinning “Around the Sun” is tailor-made for Too Slow to Disco parties — a cozy, unhurried bass line, shimmering motifs from several synthesizers, multi-tracked vocal harmonies high on the scale. Think of a Venn diagram containing Delegation’s “Oh Honey,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Everywhere,” late Seventies Isley Brothers, and late Eighties Prefab Sprout, and you’ll end up in the vicinity of this collaboration.
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If the music is a refreshing swim on a summer night, the lyrics betray far more anxiety: “Laying back at the end of the day/Got nobody to tell I’m ok,” founder Jeffrey Paradise sings. “People say that I lost my mind/I’ve got nothing to lose and nothing to find/They might say I’m the losing kind, but that’s fine.” The narrator comes to a wobbly conclusion, seemingly hoping to convince himself that all is well — “Another year around the sun, guess I’ve just been having fun.” Thanks to all the pretty production and a music video full of smiling blondes on jet skis, this will quickly be adopted as a gentle party-starter, though it’s far more ambivalent than it pretends to be.
“Around the Sun” will appear next month on Low Season, Poolside’s first new album since 2017.
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