Every summer needs a solid soundtrack. Thankfully, this year’s winner was just released this month – I’m talking about Pacific Standard Time, the debut LP from Poolside.
This two-piece labeled themselves purveyors of ‘daytime disco’, and listening to the album you can’t help but imagine it blasting from a CD player (or, let’s be realistic, an iPod dock) during a day at the pool.
One half of the duo, multi-instrumentalist/DJ Filip Nikolic cut his teeth as the bassist for Junior Senior, the Danish electro/pop project that spawned that infectious music video for Move Your Feet. He later was in Ima Robot before expanding his musical repertoire even further. The other half, Jeffrey Paradise, came from a band called The Calculators. When he left the group to get a degree from San Francisco State University, the rest of the band formed The Rapture.
With such a varied track record of projects, associates and experience, it’s no wonder Poolside has an absolutely irresistible sound. Think Chromeo, but much more relaxed and casual. Funky bass lines permeate every song, as do the added bells & whistles of percussion, synth, pianos, keys, echoing, doubled vocals and endlessly danceable beats.
As an introduction to what they’re all about, here’s the music video for the song Slow Down, featuring people having fun in a pool:
Poolside’s very existence, sound, and aesthetic are exactly what outsiders think ALL Californians’ lives are like. If only we could all be so lucky! There’s some serious chill factor going on with these dudes, and the result is some endlessly relaxing music meant for night drives, hangouts, and just generally feeling good.