Summer Bodies is Dana Buoy’s debut album, inspired by the beautiful natural landscapes of Thailand, where he spent some time armed with nothing more than a laptop and an MPC1000. The album was then completed in Brooklyn, by adding live drumming, guitar, thumb piano, analog synthesizers, and iPad apps. You might have heard Dana Jannses’s name listed as one of the members of the experimental rock band Akron/Family; as a fact, the two projects share a lot of artistic similarities.
“Listen to the cadence, the movement. Cascading tune, a hallow beneath you.” The record opens up with Dana’s a cappella chant. Upbeat and firm, the opening of “Anatomy of Now” announces the beginning of a work that recalls the artist’s travels around the world. The guitar plays cheerful melodies over Afro beats, while the synthesizer reproduces natural sounds as to recall the sounds of waterfalls. Other tracks like “Hand Over Hand” and “Delicate Suitor” set a summery mood while “Come My Side” is a slower ballad in celebration of young loves. Half way through the record, in “Untitled 1,”, Buoy gives space to sound experimentation, and almost takes an avant-garde turn.
This “tropicore” album -as the artist defines his own music- is to accompany you as a soundtrack of an imaginary travel in search of adventures.