Soot Sprite – It’s Summer and I Don’t Feel Like Smiling

Tracks that cover subject matters like depression are more often than not quite darkly toned with a brief glimmer of hope at the end to make you feel like you’re not alone. The Exeter based band Soot Sprite have done something a bit different though with their hazy indie rock track titled It’s Summer I Don’t Feel Like Smiling having the optimistic tone to the production and breezy melodies that, ironically, make you feel like smiling. Elise Cook, singer songwriter of the band, explains why this might be the case below:

“I wrote this song about a really bad bout of depression I had last summer, and it was like all the usual alienation that comes with depression doubled with the juxtaposition of everyone seemingly feeling more joyful than usual because of summertime. Going into this year the content felt very relevant again but as more of a collective struggle and an almost numbness to the endless stream of awful events.”

The soundscape of the track is lush with the subtle brass section melting into the hazy guitar melodies and relentless production that allows the crystal clear vocals of Cook to effortlessly float above it all. It’s a slice of alternative rock that I know I’ll probably be revisiting over and over again for many years to come and I’d highly recommend diving into he piece below.

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