Sometimes the world seems to move at a thousand miles an hour, and everyone’s rushing to grow up. But SUNFACE is about slowing down and taking things as they come. It’s your summer jam for when you’ve got no plans.
After SUNFACE’s debut single, “In My Dreams, I Have It All”, popped up a few weeks ago, I was interested in giving the full EP a closer look. And Daniel Longmore’s solo-bedroom album doesn’t disappoint. If Weezer’s White Album is this year’s mainstream, optimistic, surf-rock slab of power-pop, then the SUNFACE EP is its quiet, self-reflective and slightly-bummed little brother, slowing things down into wistful bedroom jams.
SUNFACE sets the summery lo-fi vibe on opener “Grateful Girl”, a song about taking a second to say thanks to your lover and appreciate the luckiness of falling in love. It’s sweet without being sickly, and it’s also the most optimistic track on the EP. “Summer Holidays” is all about being bored in the adult summer. I love the music on this song – everything has its place and is mixed beautifully – and the bass riffs at the end are really groovy. But it’s single “In My Dreams, I Have It All” that’s the highlight of the album. It’s the simple dreams most people want, “big house, shiny car”, but I guess they seem even further away for most people now. Still, it’s not downbeat. The repetitive chorus of “in my dreams, I have it all” says that it’s better to hold onto your goals, no matter what.
Title track “Sunface” sees Longmore mucking about with effects and layering. It’s a cool song and has a lot of accompaniment going on, but beyond the heavy effects, I wouldn’t say it stands out as much as the other tracks on the EP, perhaps a little bit too busy. But, on closer “Caroline”, it all gets stripped back to basics. With just an acoustic guitar accompanying his lyrics, Longmore pines over his crush and wonders where she’ll be “in seven hours time”. It
straddles the line between unrequited love and jealousy, longing for another tender moment. Predictable acoustic closer? Yeah, but it works; it’s a nice point of self-reflection on an album that’s full of longing for things out of reach. Sometimes the world seems to move at a thousand miles an hour, and everyone’s rushing to grow up. But SUNFACE is about slowing down and taking things as they come. It’s your summer jam for when you’ve got no plans.