In bluenosed-woollyknickered January, I dream ahead to summer, and it looks just like the promo pics and cover of Irish folkster Gemma Hayes's new album—all soft, lineny, floaty, blonde, and romantic.
We had a few days of summer here earlier this week and I was quickly reminded that Summer in New York City is not at all soft, floaty, or romantic; it's heavy, sticky, grimy, and slimy. It's frizzy hair, a shiny face, damp armpits, and a line of sweat rolling down your back ... at 10am. Still, there's the lineny bit, and with enough lemons and sun, by August there could be the blonde bit, too. Anyway, there's no reason why summer can't sound and feel daydreamy ...
I've been listening to Gemma Hayes's new album Let It Break the past few days, and it's breathy, golden, and light ... just like that midwinter mirage of summer in the city. A few listens and my mood lifted (along with the humidity), and those summery vibes (ahem, and four bottles of fake tan) will surely take me from pasty-glow to golden-glow in no time.
Here's Gemma playing "Waiting for you" live on The John Murray Show on RTÉ Radio 1:
You can listen to clips of the album on Gemma's site (GemmaHayes.com), and buy the album/a little summer breeze on iTunes.
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