Single released 11/04/2010
If only John Hughes was still alive, and making movies about high school misfits falling in love, teenagers dodging adults, endless summers, romantically fraught nights, and outsiders going to the prom with the girl/ boy of their dreams. Actually, it's probably more appropriate that he isn't, because the music that new London duo Summer Camp make, while deeply nostalgic and evocative of that era, is also far too lush, too beautiful and heartbreaking – and too much of its own strange and captivating world – to be pigeonholed so easily.
Started almost by accident as a clandestine musical project by Elizabeth Sankey and Jeremy Warmsley (indeed, their first ever track was a haunting, fuzzed out take on The Flamingos' "I Only Have Eyes For You"), Summer Camp now create the kind of utterly mesmeric, sepia-toned dream pop which seems predestined to form the perfect soundtrack to first kisses and adolescent crushes; romance and yearning. The melancholic "Ghost Train", for instance, sounds not unlike girl groups from the 60's wrapped in a warm blanket of lo-fi gauze and dusted lightly with pure pop sugar, while the cinematic "Montgomery Avenue 1984", like a snippet from a classic film, manages to evoke an entire universe of love and longing in its brief running time. This single signals the arrival of a new and most unusual talent in the pop firmament, while also serving as an utterly spellbinding introduction to the slanted and enchanted world of Summer Camp.