Summer Channel is more than a band. It’s more than a well-spidered collection of genius level musicians with a mad scientist at the helm. More than a sound, more than one night. Summer Channel is an idea; it’s a feeling. Something at once comforting and exotic, it makes the sun shine brighter and the moon glimmer. It is the soundtrack for life’s pleasures, for painting pictures never colored so clear, dreams desired and defiled.
Summer Channel is the way up.
The last few years have been golden for ex-Deepsky partner Jesse Scott. Many veteran dance producers fail to seize the opportunity afforded them by trying times to re-think and re-imagine, but Jesse has wisely done just that. Instead of getting caught up in trashy self-doubt and prescription cynicism, he’s drawn from the dark the ingredients for a vast new sonic endeavor.
The latest batch of tunes from the sometime dance floor maestro see an expansive hopefulness infused into the music, a desire to embrace experience of the world and share that journey. And he’s bringing his friends.
“I’ve been working on these songs since I left Deepsky in 2006,” Jesse says of the massive workload required by the waves on “Follow Your Bliss.” “It’s all about collaborations with talented people. It’s taken awhile, but I needed to redefine myself as a person, re-imagine the new sound I wanted to create, and that takes time. A lot of time. I had to step out of the dance world so I could figure out where my heart was taking me.”
Work on the new Summer Channel album continues at a breakneck pace, with brief pockets of both jumping around the world and jumping around in the studio. Such a mindful perspective soars through in the ethos, images, and music. So when you wake up the day after your first listen and wonder where your anguish has gone, you’ll have the soundtrack to remind you that some things belong in your rear view, and the sun on your face is the only guarantee you need.