Summer Camp | Young EP
Most Likely To: soften even the hardest heart.
Summer Camp are the London-based duo comprising Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey. Warmsley isn’t new to music, as he’s released a few singles and EPs as a solo artist, while Sankey comes to musical performance having trod journalism’s bitter road. She has a day job at Platform Magazine, home to London’s most humorous hipsters.
Warmsley and Sankey posess a deep knowledge of 1980s teen flicks, which they reveal in their song titles. As any red-blooded girl above the age of 12 knows, “Jake Ryan” is the name of the hunky love interest from Sixteen Candles (“You’re such a dangerous boy / so much prettier than me”), while “Veronica Sawyer” just happens to be the name of Winona Ryder’s character from the black comedy Heathers.
Fortunately these two Brits don’t just know film trivia, they can also put a song together. Each of Young’s six tracks are wistful and sentimental, kind of like Samantha Baker kissing Jake Ryan at the end of Sixteen Candles. Bookended by the sound of train wheels on a track, “Ghost Train” kicks off with whispers of “I’m sorry,” but soon gives way to a layered, melodious groove as Sandkey sings of trying to reach a lost love. Little touches like the child’s voice sampled on “Round the Moon” or the twangy guitar chords that kick off “Jake Ryan” keep Young from becoming too precious.
From its beachy sound samples to it’s swanky backing vocals, “Why Don’t You Stay” sums up Summer Camp’s raison d’etre. As Sankey sings, “Think back to the summer / days went on forever / and we thought we’d never / never get old.” Summer Camp delivers what their name and their EP title promise: carefree, upbeat tunes that package all of the sweetness of early adolescence into a tidy package free of traditional summer camp’s downfall – bruised limbs, sun burns, and bug bites.
Watch the video for “Ghost Train”: