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Welcome to Condale

  • 1. Better Off Without You
    2. Brian Krakow
    3. I Want You
    4. Losing My Mind
    5. Summer Camp
    6. Nobody Knows You
    7. Down
    8. Welcome to Condale
    9. Done Forever
    10. Last American Virgin
    11. Ghost Train
    12. 1988
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 01

  • Credits
    ProducerSummer Camp; Steve Mackey
    EngineerRichard Flack

    Personnel: Emre Ramazanoglure (programming).
    Photographers: Tony Warmsley; Geoffrey Sankey.
    Summer Camp's 2010 EP Young signaled the arrival of a band with a really strong idea: taking '80s-influenced pop songs and running them through the murky chillwave sound (lots of wobbly synths, vocal reverb, and tinny drum machines) to end up with a sound that was akin to a David Lynch version of a John Hughes teen movie, a chilly, weird take on the '80s bolstered by Elizabeth Sankey's brilliant voice and very strong hooks. On their first full LP, Welcome to Condale, Sankey is still astonishingly good, sounding like she could be a total diva but still having the restraint to fit herself snugly into the constraints of the songs. What's changed is that the overall feel is less Lynch and more Hughes as the duo (Sankey and Jeremy Warmsley) has erased most of the warped weirdness from Summer Camp's sound, playing it relatively straight throughout. There are songs that would fit right into the track list of the Pretty in Pink soundtrack with nary a blink of an eye; "Better Off Without You," "Summer Camp," "Welcome to Condale," "1988," and "Down" all have immediate hooks and a slickly punchy processed sound that are perfectly '80s and unabashedly pop. Sankey and Warmsley sing together like their cinematic lives were on the line, producer Steve Mackey (of Pulp) bathes them in chilly synths, and you can imagine Molly Ringwald mooning over preppy guy as the songs play. These are the songs on the album that work the best; their lack of weirdness gives the melody and emotion a chance to sink in. ~ Tim Sendra

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.80) - "The unstoppable opening slam of Sankey's snarky 'Better Off Without You and Warmsley's sincere 'Brian Krakow' is the stuff Britpop dreams are made of."
    CMJ - "[W]ith Sankey's large vocal range that easily adapts to the feel of each song and Warmsley's ability to match her perfectly in background singing."
    Paste (magazine) - "Summer Camp's debut WELCOME TO CONDALE is a rather diverse affair for being essentially a good-time summer pop record."
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