#8 Album of 2017 - Poolside - Heat
Heat by Poolside is one of the records this year that I adored initially based on the album cover. To make it all the better, the summery, sunset/sunrise themed cover reflects upon the inner emotional feelings that you'll encounter when pouring through the album. It will place you in your personal paradise - a beach, beside a pool (sorry for the pun), on your patio, etc. The production, starting from the intro 'Hot In the Shade', immediately places you into an intense feeling of calm, thanks to dreamy, light drums and strings. For the duo of Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise that make up Poolside, this album is a study in what daytime disco, afternoon ambiance, or beach bum production is meant to sound like.
As you progress throughout Heat, the overall sound varies a little bit, but not drastically. Certain tracks include a larger emphasis on drums, keys, or synths, but the overall theme remains. This is meant to be taken in with minimal external distractions. I think specifically of track 'We Can Work It Out', which includes a high emphasis on the bubbly keys and a groovy synth line. 'Strange Overtones' begs to be snapped along to, with an underlying Agogo. These guys have a lot of skill to be excited about, whatever direction they may go in following this up in 2018.
Where does this album rank in your end of the year list? Let me know your thoughts on the album in the comments/social media!