Depressing Summer Jams
If winter's not the only season to bum you out, you might want this handy soundtrack while burying yourself under the covers this July. From Michael Leviton's ukulele plaint "Summer's the Worst" to Type O Negative's horrorcore cover of Seals & Crofts' "Summer Breeze" to the crawling menace of Deftones' "My Own Summer (Shove It)," plenty of artists have made it clear they want nothing to do with surf and sand. Most prominently, Lana Del Rey's archetypal hit "Summertime Sadness" was followed this year by the not-so-enthused "Brooklyn Baby," which is a nice palate cleanser from Times New Viking's garage-exploding "No Time, No Hope" and Wavves' eardrum-choking "No Hope Kids." The hazy melancholy of Frank Ocean's "Swim Good" and the emptied-apartment blues of Vampire Weekend's "Hannah Hunt" convey somewhat similar feelings of drowning, while No Age struggle to sing the catchy "Common Heat" and Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino laments her love without communication on "Our Deal." Great songs one and all, but they're definitely no fun in the sun.