The vibe is clear: overwhelming happiness tempered with a little melancholy, pure sun-kissed pop with wistfulness lurking below the surface. Magic Kids cram so many instruments in that we aren't ever sure what's going on. Sounds like being spun around in one of those cotton candy machines with a blindfold on. How many strings are on this song alone? One million? Two million? This is decadent in the way a lot of bands don't have the balls or money or resources to be these days, and for that alone it gets some points. Not like Magic Kids wrote this from their beach estate or anything though, so if you want to do it, it can be done. "Summer" is one of the sadder moments on an album that balances what seems like regret with what seems like happiness—both feelings meeting more in the middle than we'd normally think. We say this in the nicest way possible, but if everything sounded like Magic Kids we'd need to hit a sensory deprivation chamber for a couple years. Luckily there's just the one Magic Kids.
Download: Magic Kids, "Summer"