White Denim

Last Days of Summer is third album but fourth release

Last Days of Summer
4/5

This album, WD’s third sequentially, but fourth in terms of actual release date, was available to download for free from the band’s website last year. So why release it for sale now?

WD don’t consider this a fully realised project as with their other longplayers. Rather, they see it as a collection of sketches, jams and exercises of interest to fans only. In certain respects, they’re right – Last Days… lacks the coherence that characterises a WD record. However, the quality of the band’s music still kicks other indie bands up and down the stairs. The most obviously improvised piece, brass-assisted workout ‘Light Light Light’, is a vibrant showcase for the band’s jazzy roots, while the freaky ‘Home Together’ is more typical of their rolling psych-funk overdrive. WD (or their dependents) have obviously had a change of heart regarding the album’s worth, as this full physical release comes with a price tag to boot. But it’s worth it.

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