Published Aug 24, 2020Singer-songwriters Kalle Mattson and Andrew Sowka bring together folk, rock, pop and blues as summersets. Both musicians grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, which informs their decision to tell the story of small town characters on summersets' debut EP, Small Town Saturday, which explores the different stages of falling in love.
The six-track EP perfectly blends of classic folk revivalism and 21st century experimentalism, which will appeal to fans of everything from Simon & Garfunkel, CSNY and Wilco to Blitzen Trapper, Wilderado and JR JR. "Anywhere You Go" is immediately enchanting, with handclaps rumbling in the background and duetting vocals alternating between harmony and unison. "Shots in the Dark" and "More Less" both present a more tense, tumultuous aspect of love but also have the most rousing and upbeat melodies.
The effective use of such simple sounds and themes makes for a stunning display — the same sentiment that comes from just sitting outside in the evening with a few friends, looking at a beautiful sunset. This might be nice music to fall in love to, in any case, it is great music to fall in love with. (Independent)