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EP Review: Summer Flake ‘Time Rolls By’

The solo project of Melbourne via Adelaide post-grunge legend Stephanie Crase are just weeks from releasing their new EP “Time Rolls By”. It’s the first we’ve heard from Summer Flake since 2013’s superb dreamy pop-grunge album “You Can Have It All”. Backed by a new band, Crase continues the sun drunk life-sick grunge but with a slightly brighter tone.

Opener of the EP, and coincidently named, Number One immediately drenches you in feel good summer vibes. Lyrically, Crase throws some very backhanded compliments mixed with suggestions she’s a bit hard to get along with. But Crase’s soft harmonies that float atop a crunchy but friendly guitar tone combine nicely for a chorus you’ll be humming by the end of the song.

Blur Me Out takes both the tempo and mood down a notch with a slow burning ballad of self-reflection. Crase’s desire to hide her feelings or detract any attention is prevalent with the repeated line “blur me/her out to the back of the painting”. The melody of the crunchy guitar drives the song and its simple countering melody in the chorus helps lighten the mood.

Makes Me Wanna Die ironically is the feel good song of the EP. The three-chord song somehow lifts the depressive lyrical subject matter out of its hole and into the sun. Crase’s soft vocals, simple major key melody, and boppy guitar strumming beautifully combine to make you sway and grin through some pretty dark lyrics.

Crase’s vocals beautifully take front and centre on the lead single from the EP Sun Won’t Shine. Again conjuring up a happy melody for sad lyrics, this time she’s shit out of luck and can’t do anything right, the song musically keeps you in a bubble of relaxed feel good vibes. The overdriven grunge guitar parts are a highlight with Crase creatively utilising both the whammy bar and natural feedback in an extended bridge section.

The EP finishes on a cover of Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind, originally released by Dick & DeeDee, Vashti Bunyan, and made famous by The Rolling Stones.

Overall Crase’s depressive and life-sick lyrics of the EP are beautifully hidden behind a lush wall of dreamy pop-grunge. On the most part this creates a blissful wall of sound, making you forget that you’re humming along to song about an upsetting social environment and low self-esteem. 

Summer Flake’s new EP “Time Rolls By” out Friday 9th October.

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