Summertime is the perfect time for long road trips, relaxing by the pool, or just winding down and staying away from the heat. Here are ten albums suggested by the author that you should listen to while you're driving with rooftop down, relaxing at the beach, or trying to stay cool.
Animal Love by Charlene Kaye (Cleopatra Records)
Released in 2012, singer/songwriter Charlene Kaye pulls her inspiration from artists such as Beyoncé, Queen, Daft Punk, and Fiona Apple. Animal Love, which is her second full length studio album, was funded entirely through a Kickstarter campaign and features styles ranging from piano ballads to synth-driven upbeat pop songs. Kaye is based in New York City, but attended high school in Scottsdale, Arizona and later attended the University of Michigan.
Anywhere (EP) by Hollywood Ending (independent)
Hollywood Ending, consisting of four friends Tyler Wilson, Cameron Byrd, Dan Geraghty, and Chris Bourne, is a pop rock band who got their start from Radio Disney's Next Big Thing competition. After placing in third, they have toured all around the world, opening up for artists such as The Janoskians, Austin Mahone, R5, and now McBusted. Anywhere is HWE's first EP in two years, where they wrote, produced, and recorded all of the songs themselves, and is slated for release on April 25.
The Colourist by The Colourist (Republic/Universal Records)
Four friends Maya Tuttle, Adam Castilla, Kollin Johannsen, and Justin Wagner formed The Colourist back in 2009, but did not release their debut studio album until this year. The quartet has played music festivals such as Coachella and SXSW, along with serving as the opening act on Panic! At The Disco's "Too Weird… Tour" this past winter. The self-titled album was released in the middle of their first ever headlining tour, which had a few sold out shows in California and New York.
Genuine & Counterfeit by William Beckett (Equal Vision Records)
The former The Academy Is… frontman released his first full length studio album as a solo artist last summer. Since then, he has played the Acoustic Basement tent on the Vans Warped Tour and served as the opening act for bands such as We Are The In Crowd and The Summer Set. Besides performing, Beckett has been credited as a songwriter on songs for artists such as Hey Monday and Demi Lovato.
Legendary by The Summer Set (Fearless Records)
Arizona-based pop rock band The Summer Set (members include Brian Dales, Jess Bowen, John Gomez, Stephen Gomez, and Josh Montgomery) released their third full-length studio album through Fearless Records in April of last year. That same year, the band won the iHeart Radio Rising Star competition and was able to play at the iHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas and played the entirety of the Vans Warped Tour. They are currently headlining their own tour in Europe, along with Paradise Fears and William Beckett.
Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend (XL Recordings)
American indie rock band Vampire Weekend had announced back in 2011, shortly after their second album Contra was released, that they were recording a new album, but it was unclear as to when it would be released. The band's third studio album, Modern Vampires of the City, was eventually released in May of last year, and it charted #1 on the indie, alternative, and digital download charts. MVOTC even snagged the award for Best Alternative Music Album at the Grammys. The band was formed in New York City back in 2006 and consists of lead singer/guitarist Ezra Koenig, keyboardist/backing vocalist Rostam Batmanglij, drummer Chris Tomson, and bassist Chris Baio.
Pulses by Karmin (Epic Records)
Karmin is a pop duo consisting of Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, who met while they were both students at the Berklee College of Music. Pulses, the group's first full length studio album, was released on March 25 and reached #32 on the Billboard charts. On July 10, 2013, the duo announced that their first LP was titled Pulses, and it would be released sometime by the end of 2013. The Pulses release date kept being pushed back, with an original slated release of fall 2013, but was eventually pushed back to March 2014. The two first hit radio airwaves from their single "Brokenhearted," which hit #10 on the mainstream top 40 charts.
She Looks So Perfect (EP) by 5 Seconds of Summer (Capitol Records)
5 Seconds of Summer, also known as 5SOS for short, is an Australian pop rock band who released their third EP (their first that was released in the United States) this spring. The leading single, "She Looks So Perfect," hit radio airwaves almost immediately and quickly rose to the top of radio countdowns. The band, consisting of Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, Ashton Irwin, and Michael Clifford, are currently on their first full length North American tour, titled the "Stars, Stripes, and Maple Syrup Tour" and plan on serving as One Direction's opening act on their "Where We Are Tour" this summer and early fall.
Soul Punk by Patrick Stump (Island Records)
Ever wonder what the men of Fall Out Boy were up to during the Fall Out Boy hiatus? Frontman Patrick Stump released his debut solo studio album, titled Soul Punk, during the time off; in which he wrote all of the tracks, played all of the instruments, and produced the entire thing, truly making it a "solo album." To promote the album, he toured with acts such as Bruno Mars, Janelle Monae, and Panic! At The Disco, where he received generally positive reviews by critics. The sound is very different from Fall Out Boy, being categorized as alternative, synth pop, R&B, and dance punk.
Vessel by twenty one pilots (Fueled By Ramen)
Vessel is the third studio album by multi-genre duo twenty one pilots, but their first after being signed to New York-based record label Fueled By Ramen. Six of the twelve tracks featured also appear on the duo's second album, titled Regional at Best, which was released independently through frontman Tyler Joseph and twenty one pilots, LLC. twenty one pilots hail from Westerville, Ohio and was formed in 2009 by Joseph, later joined by drummer Josh Dun.
Are any of your favorite summertime albums on the list? Leave your favorites in the comments below!