Intern Picks of the Week: Songs for Summer

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The weather is finally beautiful here in Nashville, and we have the perfect songs for it. Here’s how the interns are ushering in summer!

Taylor’s Pick: Years & Years – Starstruck

Years & Years make music meant for summer. Fresh off a stint on HBO’s It’s a Sin, frontman Olly Alexander is back with this bright and breezy anthem. It’s a lot of the same territory as the group’s past two records—optimistic, sunny, fun—but a perfect example of not needing to reinvent the wheel. They’ve soundtracked a good amount of my last few summers, and with this track it seems the same is going to be the case this year.

Lindsay’s Pick: Lostboycrow – Strawberry Sunscreen

There’s truly nothing better than the feeling of summer creeping in. It makes you want to drive with your windows down blasting summer anthems. A song that I know I will be listening to on repeat this summer is “Strawberry Sunscreen” by Lostboycrow. This track is featured on his latest album, Valleyheart, which was released in late January this year. Unlike his earlier music, this album is full of feel-good beachy rock songs. “Strawberry Sunscreen” is a indie pop track about young love that embraces a modern take on the doo-wop style.

Ayden’s Pick: Shakey Graves – Roll the Bones

Some years ago, Shakey Graves provided the inventive Americana soundtrack to my summer. The original Roll the Bones album came out in 2011 via Bandcamp and it’s been a staple of my music library for as long as I can remember. In honor of the tenth anniversary of its release, the Austin native gives us a reissue of the record, making it available on streaming platforms everywhere for the first time. His distinctive lo-fi, one-man-band sound hasn’t been compromised on Roll the Bones X. The warm guitars and layered vocals on “Roll the Bones” will make you want to “cut off your hair, unplug your phone,” slow down, and soak up the sun. It’s the perfect track for a laid back transition to summer.

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