August 20 2014

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Sounds Of Summer


At some point in the next couple months, people are going to rally around one summer song—some pop track that, far into the future, will remind you of what it felt like to beat the heat in 2009. Bachelorette’s Annabel Alpers has a dark-horse candidate for that honor. “The National Grid” is the soundtrack for a lazy weekend road trip into outer space, and just one of the excellent, synth-soaked folk tunes on Bachelorette’s second album, My Electric Family (Drag City.) The record is out today. If you’re looking for the kind of song you can sing-along to around the campfire, search no further than Nina Persson’s “Stronger Than Jesus.” The Citizens Band member and former Cardigans frontwoman Persson is performing under the moniker A Camp these days, and her new album, Colonia, was made with the help of a few boldface names—her husband, ex-Shudder to Think man Nathan Larson; James Iha of the Smashing Pumpkins; Joan as Police Woman; and more. Perhaps as a result, the music has a good-natured, “everyone join in now” vibe, even at its most downbeat. Persson is launching her national A Camp tour tonight with an appearance at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Feel free to sing along.

Photo: Courtesy of Drag City

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