One can’t go anywhere these days without being inundated with back-to-basics indie pop, a new class of pared-down duos or trios playing straightforward songs that are all jangly guitars and bright harmonies. The spirit seems to invoke both eras of legendary producer Phil Spector: The deceptive simplicity of his girl-group golden age, and his current unhinged shagginess. Roanoke, Va.’s Eternal Summers are certainly not the first to inhabit this duality; others like Best Coast and Vivian Girls have already beaten them to the punch. Yet on the last year’s debut album Silver, Eternal Summers offer enough flourishes in their two-minute ditties to achieve a distinct personality. The best songs, like “Worlds Away” and “Eternal,” are both lovely and woeful, as singer Nicole Yun transforms the melodies into achingly sweet confections with her melancholy echo.
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