Around this time of year, as Spring begins its blossoming bloom into fully fledged sunshine and happiness, with birds returning to leafy trees, petals uncurling and revealing themselves on flowers of every size, shape and colour and the fringe of Summer starting to ebb into our consciousness once more, as we take to parks, beaches and countryside, a certain type of music tends to flourish. I can only assume it started with The Beach Boys and has taken on a new form every few years since. A fusion of rock and pop, forging an 'indie pop' vibe that bounces, skips and swims, sound tracking the sunnier memories we wish to retain year on year.

The likes of Los Campesinos!, The Drums, Camera Obscura and Belle & Sebastian have forged slightly different takes on this same phenomenon; bright, cheery and breezy music that resonates with a feel-good factor that is simply irresistible when the sun cream comes out and the ice cream vans start driving down your street. Seeing as it's April now (with the blazing sun already making an early appearance in the UK recently), it looks like the right time for a band like Eternal Summers to make a merry mark. I mean, the name screams at you at this time of year. Eternal Summers? Yes Please! Barbeques, festivals and beach babes all year round! Alas, it's best we give their EP Prisoner a listen first.

Four tracks make up the record with the first three fulfilling that nigh essential criteria of being short and sweet, each song racking up at around the two minute mark, bobbing along on a wave of high spirited vocal (almost girl-group-like) laments that run alongside post-punk basslines and jerking percussive beats. Opening track 'Cog' sullies into life with a Buzzcocks growl before everything get's a little brighter, and this ethos repeats itself on the title track 'Prisoner' that holds a rollicking little riff behind vocals that careen along crooning "I had to know just where you're going, curiosity overthrowing the prison of my mind". These are little slices of emotional merriment, wrapped up in an edgier casing and containing chunks of personal outbursts about relationships and the frailties surrounding such a subject. It recalls a great many 80s bands who either went post-punk or roaring indie pop, telling us their heartfelt tales via music.

The closing track 'Pure Affection' is a delightfully low-key finale, lazily noodling along with a disaffected aura of worry and haze. It acts as the winding down to the sunny, summery day beforehand, as everyone seeps away into lethargy, energy levels depleted and emotional reserves drained. Eternal Summers have made an EP that could be defined (in very simplistic terms) as a 'nugget of pop' that will see you through twenty minutes unwinding on a beach but quickly forgotten once you launch yourself face first into the briny sea as the final track fades out.

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