The new Beach House record is out this week, and while we’ve always thought the band’s name was more wry irony than genuine summeriness — Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally’s music evokes the atmosphere of boarded-up resorts and empty beaches, as far as we’re concerned — we’ve got no doubt that Bloom is gonna be the soundtrack to many, many people’s summers. And, indeed, every summer needs a good soundtrack, so we thought we’d take this opportunity to take a look at some of our favorite indie summer anthems — songs that celebrate the sun, or just do a fine job of capturing the atmosphere of the season in all its complex, sweaty glory.
The Drums — “Let’s Go Surfing”
Incongruous as a surf anthem from a bunch of skinny Brooklynites is, there still aren’t many more quintessentially summery songs from the last few years than this. If you didn’t have that whistling part stuck in your head for most of the middle of 2009, we envy you.