Bored with the Beach Boys? Wanna swim in uncharted waters? Here’s a summer mix that’ll float your iPod. — Michele Romero
WAIT TILL THE SUMMER COMES ALONG The Kinks (Kinks-Size/Kinkdom, 1990; Rhino) Back in ’65, Ray Davies brought some heat to the long English winter with this.
CATCH THE SUN Doves (Lost Souls, 2000; Astralwerks) A solar-powered pop song that’s made for the car stereo.
CLOTHES OF SAND Nick Drake (Time of No Reply, 1991; Hannibal) A ballad from a pale man who probably never saw the beach.
THE BEACH AT REDPOINT Boards of Canada (Geogaddi, 2002; Warp) The soothing sound of rushing water over a gentle staccato drumbeat.
CAMPING NEXT TO WATER Badly Drawn Boy (The Hour of Bewilderbeast, 2000; XL/Beggars Banquet) The poorly rendered lad ruminates on loneliness and catching fireflies.
SUMMER DRESS Red House Painters (Ocean Beach, 1995; 4AD) A pretty ode to clothing.
TAKE IT OFF The Donnas (Spend the Night, 2002; Atlantic) A pretty punk ode to removing said clothing.
WE FLOAT PJ Harvey (Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea, 2000; Island) Polly’s ethereal vocals are anchored by simple, somber piano chords.
LET’S PRETEND WE’RE BUNNY RABBITS The Magnetic Fields (69 Love Songs, Vol. I, 1999; Merge) Is that a carrot in your pocket, or are you just hoppy to see me?