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THE SUMMER JAM 3: Electric Boogaloo – Dean McLeod and Charlie Gradon of Turtle Skull

Hello there, beautiful people of the It Djents sphere, and welcome to this week’s episode of The Summer Jam 3: Electric Boogaloo! Today we are pleased to bring you the favorite summer records of two members of the fantastic Australian ‘flower-doom’ band Turtle Skull, namely guitarist/vocalist Dean McLeod and drummer/vocalist Charlie Gradon. Take it away, guys!

 

Turtle Skull

Over here in Australia everyone lives for summer, and if they say they don’t they are lying! It’s a wonderful time where we live (Sydney, by the beach) when everyone is on holiday and it’s a non stop good time of beach hangs, bushwalks, gigs, late arvo thunderstorms, dinners on friends balconies, east coast road trips, music festivals, mushroom picking…and as such we have our favourite summer albums to keep you company on those warm happy adventures.

 

Dean McLeod

Bright Black Morning Light – Motion to Rejoin

The perfect swirling dreamy hazy summery vibe for suuuuuper chilling. I believe this album was recorded in a solar powered yurt in the desert. You can tell…

(Author’s note: I couldn’t find a video to use here for some reason – mea culpa. Sorry about that.)

Causa Sui – Return to Sky

Gnarly epic jams to get you psyched before you head out to a gig or a party!

Sleepy Sun – Fever

One of my all time favourite and most influential albums, and really epitomises that feeling of good times and warm summer days. It has it all. Incredible songs, beautiful harmonies, roaring fuzz, heavy psych breakdowns…

Charlie Gradon

Khruangbin – The universe smiles upon you

I don’t think there has been a day I didn’t put this album on at the café last summer. It just makes me feel better. You can concentrate on it, or you can have it on in the background. Also a dinner party favourite in our circle for sure.

Junip – Fields 

Another one I smashed at the café. I use this as a play through on the kit a fair bit. I learned that I didnt want to be flashy, just steady and heavy.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II

A timeless lofi classic. One of my idols as a multi-instrumentalist.

And that’s it for this week; thanks go out to Dean and Charlie for their nice summer jam picks! Their band Turtle Skull released a great self-titled new record via our friends in Art As Catharsis earlier this year, you can/should/MUST check it out by following this link. Come back next week for more enticing summer records recommended to you by another fantastic Australian band!

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