Happy Summer Solstice from the Corner Laughers

19 May

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It’s almost summer, so it must be time for something new from the Corner Laughers. And it is! The Bay Area quartet — led by singer/songwriter, Karla Kane — will release a new digital single, “Midsommar,” on June 17th — almost two years to the day since the release of the band’s most recent full-length album, “Poppy Seeds.”

Summer is the perfect season for the indie pop-rockers — although I, personally, enjoy the band’s sunshine sound year-round. Corner Laughers’ songs are bright, light and full of smiles — filled with feelings of fun times, celebrations and places to explore.

The band has been making music for a little less than ten years and has three full-length albums to its credit, with a fourth scheduled for next year. “Midsommar” is the first track from that forthcoming LP.

Light and breezy with a relaxed tempo, the new single is perfect for summertime. The melody is impossibly catchy, with Corner Laughers’ trademark layered harmonies over a solid rhythm track and busy bass line. It starts with Kane on ukulele, and then adds drums and a nice synth orchestra chord before Kane’s vocals enter. Guitarist KC Bowman also gets a chance to demonstrate his virtuosity during one of the lead breaks.

Where the band’s most recent full-length CD, Poppy Seeds, was California-centric — and in fact, primarily focused on the Peninsula from Palo Alto to San Francisco — the lyrics in this song carry us away across the ocean to lands populated by stone circles, druids and stained glass windows. There’s a growing maturity to the band’s sound, and it’s all expertly produced and mixed by Allen Clapp (The Orange Peels) with contributions — including synthesizer and backing vocals — from longtime collaborator, Anton Barbeau.

The European and Middle Eastern references in “Midsommar” foreshadow a fun album in 2015 that will give the Corner Laughers so many new places to explore and people to meet.

I can’t wait!

 

Corner Laughers is Karla Kane, vocals and ukulele; Khoi Huynh, bass; Charlie Crabtree, drums; KC Bowman, guitar. Other contributors on “Midsommar” included: Anton Barbeau, synthesizer and backing vocals; Astrid Smith, violin; and Allen Clapp, producer. Released by Mystery Lawn Music. The digital single is available for pre-order from CornerLaughers.com. Release date is 6/17/14.

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