If you’re looking for new music with futuristic vibes and nostalgic charm, look no further than Summer Moon’s debut LP, ‘With You Tonight’. Founded in 2015, Summer Moon has been under the radar as The Strokes’ Nikolai Fraiture’s exciting new “music and arts” project.
‘With You Tonight’ just proves how diverse and talented the members of The Strokes are. Fraiture’s side project comprises of a collection of musicians from other bands. Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction) on drums, Camila Grey (Uh Huh Her) on key/ vocals and Noah Harmon (The Airborne Toxic Event) on guitar.
Being a crowdfunded project, ‘With You Tonight’ is an unapologetic record produced without compromise or constraint. It explores a little known genre dubbed “Italo Disco”. The LP is fueled by heavy basslines, invigorating guitar licks and steady drumbeats. Finally, fitting keys and simple, restrained vocals tie it together perfectly. All this adds up to a funkadelic, indie record with a twist. ‘With You Tonight’ echoes ’70s and ‘80s disco sound and brings you the nostalgia of The Strokes.
The record opens up with ‘Happenin’ ‘, a bass heavy track with fast paced drum beats. In addition to this, the screeching guitar adds a bit of a wow factor in the song and the steady groove gives it a rather chilled out, easy going vibe. This vibe is emulated throughout the record.
Heavy, dark drum beats and generous basslines are the most noticeable features of the album. Title track, ‘With You Tonight’s upbeat sound and steady groove are laced with a gloomy sounding dirty violin. The song evokes feelings of young love and quick flings. These themes are played out throughout the LP.
Grey’s haunting vocals compliment Fraiture’s perfectly, leaving the listener yearning for more. Fraiture’s extensive vocal range is shown off in songs like ‘Cleopatra’, a very retro, funky sounding track, and ‘Chemical Solution’, a psychedelic track with a futuristic vibe.
The album experiments with a number of different genres on each track. For example, ‘Class A’ embodies some aspects of songs from the 80s punk scene, sounding similar to work by The Clash. Whereas, ‘Cars vs Bldg’ harnesses elements of jazz.
Expressing escapism, last track, ‘Walk Out Music’, is a dreamy one. The psychedelic tune closes off the album with heavy drums, emulating the sound of indigenous drumbeats. Accompanied by soaring synths, and swinging guitars, the track seems to give a nod to Pink Floyd’s ‘Hey You’.
In conclusion, ‘With You Tonight’ is a masterpiece. The debut proves that not only is Fraiture an incredible bassist, but also a master vocalist, lyricist and producer. This is the sort of album that evokes feelings of love, life and peace. It conjures up imagery of LA sunsets and summer flings spent under the starry sky. The listener is left in a peaceful, dreamlike state distant from reality.
With You Tonight is out now via Summer Moon LLC