ALBUM REVIEW: Summer Camp – Welcome to Condale

Written for DIY

Unseasonably released this autumn, the long-awaited long player from Elizabeth Sankey and Jeremy Warmsley casually pumped Sweet Valley High, John Hughes, and both the more and less acceptable ends of eighties synthpop into a wonderful, hitherto untapped keg of a concept album (centred on the titular fictional Californian town). So, a concept album you can actually tap your foot and sing along in a hairbrush to. Favourites from their previous EP appearing in re-recorded form are surpassed by solid pop gems like blunt opener “Better Off Without You”, showing how far they’ve come; more experimental fare such as “Nobody Knows You” hint at where they may go.

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