As is its crazy custom, the blogosphere is all atwitter (no pun intended) with predictions of the song of the summer. There are many strong contenders, including but not limited to that crazily catchy tune by Foster the People. However, Pumped Up Kicks has some strong competition on the “summer song” front; some strong competition indeed.
Although his 2007 debut has been deemed an “indie classic” (whatever that means anymore), I first heard David Vandervelde featured on Fader’s Youtube channel Fader TV. Lying on a grassy lawn David, with a strange friend resembling a bizarre amalgamation of Charles Manson and an indie version of Danny DeVito, made a beautiful pair. Anyway their appearances, although interesting, are beside the point. I was intrigued with the juxtaposition of lyrics like “You were talking shit/Didn’t know how to tighten your lip” and the bluegrass/pseudo-country vocal stylings. So I went out on a limb and bought the EP.
Goodness gracious. It’s like they just took a disc and just dipped it summer. I love this song so much, and it’s making me even more excited for the amazing few months to come. If you’re a fan of The Sleepy Jackson, then you will LOVE this.