(Jigsaw Records, PZL151)
Slum Summer formed a few years ago in San Diego, and is led by recent UK expat, Hugh J Noble (who released a number of entertaining solo records throughout the '00s), and rounded out by another Brit and a pair of Americans. The band mostly plays low-key indie rock with catchy melodies and storytelling-style lyrics, replete with obscure references, literary and otherwise. For that very reason, Hugh's songwriting often reminds me quite a bit of Graeme Downes of the Verlaines. Overall, a very cool and solid debut from this promising new band.
Not limited. All songs written by Slum Summer. Available digitally on Bandcamp.