Songs Of The Summer 2013: Part One

It’s that time of year again! Classes have been out for a month, the sun has finally come out, and we’re busy relaxing like it’s our job. Except for those of us with summer jobs or courses, that is. We asked our Demo contributors to share a song that reflects their summer.

Maria Sokulsky-Dolnycky, 4th Year, Linguistics/German Studies/Music History & Culture

Song: “Black Lake”

Artist: Real Estate

Album: Real Estate

Every summer since I started university, I’ve taken summer courses. For the most part, I don’t mind it; it keeps me busy and keeps me sharp. The downside: I’m always stuck in Toronto for the summer. It’s not that bad, considering there’s always something to do in this town, but sometimes it does feel a bit claustrophobic. Once the summer smog rolls in I find myself jonesing for a real-life Escape key.

The next best thing? Heavy doses of escapism to aid in my wishful daydreaming. Real Estate is perfect for just that. The band has a knack for creating vivid imagery of urban escapism, and the song “Black Lake” is no exception. Through soaring, drawling guitars, plunky bass, skittering drums, and barely-there vocals, as well as lyrics such as “Swimming beneath the power lines, we left our streets for the pines”, the listener is instantly transported into a world of hidden oases and little pockets of bliss within the confines of a concrete jungle.

And while I spend my mornings commuting to and from the downtown core, I’m fortunate enough to live within walking distance of our own Great Lake, Ontario, which becomes my central hub during these sweltering months. The air is cooler, the breeze is fresher, and nothing beats the glitter of sunlight hitting the water. This track embodies that feeling of calm that comes with the simple pleasure of just sitting by the lake and listening to the waves rush in.


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