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Follow the Summer

by Dave Dill

indie retro rock/pop brought into the now
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Today
4:33 $0.99
2. Miss America
3:07 $0.99
3. Happily Ever After
4:38 $0.99
4. Perfect There
3:41 $0.99
5. Never So Beautiful
3:28 $0.99
6. Don't Remember
3:52 $0.99
7. You Don't Believe It
3:22 $0.99
8. Hide and Seek (You Won't Find Me)
3:21 $0.99
9. Follow the Summer/Pink Skies
7:43 $0.99
10. Everyday Song
2:49 $0.99
11. Ride On
4:14 $0.99
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*****Available for download at iTunes*****

Dave Dill’s “Follow the Summer” is his fifth solo release and is by far, his most stunning and beautiful album to date. Having been influenced by The Beatles and Brian Wilson, his music is reminiscent of the pop masters of the 60’s and 70’s while retaining a uniquely modern style of songwriting which is fresh sounding and melodically driven. Dill is solely responsible for all of the songwriting, vocals, instrumentation, and production with the addition of co-writing and co-producing three songs with legendary songwriter Derek Holt of The Climax Blues Band.

“Perfect There” features Dill’s innate ability to balance exemplary songwriting with highly creative instrumentation. The song features a surreal acoustic guitar blended with a rhythmic, dream-like synthesizer acting as percussion with a “time” feel that is immersive and mesmerizing. One of the most experimental sounding of all of Dill’s songs, “Perfect There” is an atmospheric jewel and features his ability to easily switch from varying musical styles with ease.

“Never So Beautiful” is a pop masterpiece and features soft harmonic vocals, a strikingly complex arrangement of instrumentation and a vibrant melodic energy akin to Brian Wilson’s “God Only Knows”. This song best represents Dill’s perceptive production skills and features a subtle, yet sunny mandolin artfully balanced with a vintage Rhodes piano and soaring vocal choruses.

“Hide and Seek”, is one of three songs co-written and co-produced with Derek Holt, who wrote and sang the hit classic rock ballad “I Love You”. “Hide and Seek” is a gorgeous palette of Dill’s soothing vocal style, honeyed Harrisonesque slide guitar, and prominent melodic percussion. Holt’s exceptional skills as a co-producer on this track are quite apparent, as this song is undeniably strong in its genuine emotional tone and incorporates an intriguing lyrical story line that is also evident in Holt’s beautiful, timeless track, “I Love You.”

The title track, “Follow the Summer/Pink Skies” is a beautifully orchestrated pop/rock ballad that features a melodious blend of harmonic vocals, artful instrumentation, and sensually poetic lyrics. The overall “feel” of the song is an artfully composed nature inspired lullaby, as the song seems to follow the slow, steady rhythmic motion of ocean waves.

Dave Dill’s “Follow the Summer”, represents all of his intuitive skills as a masterful songwriter who revives the concept of the lost art of crafting songs which focus on the importance of melody. Dill successfully achieves this by remaining true to his strong classic roots and what follows is an album so genuine and so beautiful, that it truly impresses on all musical fronts. Dill is a superlative “natural” in musical translation and his songs leave no room for listeners to “grow into” the music. “Follow the Summer” is a phenomenal musical tour de force from this amazingly talented solo artist whose personal sense of musicianship emanates from a deep respect for classic artists who are virtual kings of melody. “Follow the Summer” is a jewel of an album and one which successfully pays homage to these musical giants. Dave Dill personally triumphs in the art of creating perfection in melody with an album so beautifully and artistically presented, it will move and impress even the most discerning of music fans.



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Vinyl Goldmine

flows with a cool 70s vibe reminiscent of power pop pioneers such as Badfinger
While the music of indie singer-songwriter Dave Dill comes in CD form, it sounds tailor-made for any vinyl-loving power pop fan.
Dill's latest album, "Follow the Summer", flows with a cool 70s vibe reminiscent of power pop pioneers such as Badfinger and Big Star, while at the same time bringing to mind the most honest, authentic modern-day pop songwriting by the likes of Michael Penn and Matthew Sweet.
The album's artwork and title don't lie - this is is breezy, summery stuff - but not to a super-sugary, bubblegum extent. Most of Dill's melodies only fully reveal themselves after a few listens, making for an overall more rewarding sonic experience filled with a various musical textures, swirling harmonies and innovative instrumentation.
Highlights include Happily Ever After and Don't Remember, a pair of hook-filled, up-tempo rockers, as well as the melodic, Pete Ham-esque ballad You Don't Believe It and the dreamy, lengthy album centerpiece Follow the Summer/Pink Skies.
Dill's pure vocals shine throughout, often channeling Brian Wilson and always meshing perfectly with the warm, sunny music. Follow the Summer is perfect listening for a hazy summer day.


a pheonomenal musician and songwriter
I checked out Dave Dill’s new songs on My Space and he kindly sent me a copy of his latest CD. He’s an artist I’ve always rated highly especially as he is so proficient on so many instruments and his songs with their glorious melodies make me think of spring and summer- good timing then!

On ‘Follow The Summer’ Dave’s potential as a songwriter is at last fully realised and, surely, if a major or an ambitious indie label were to pick up on this recording, they’d have a success on their hands.

There are similarities between Dave’s vocal style and that of Pink Hedgehog’s Peter Lacey in turn influenced by Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys.

The opener ‘Today’ has a clever and inventive arrangement with a false electric piano of sorts only to start up again with a sublime Brian May influenced guitar coda. And I for one can’t resist lyrics like ‘dancing in a sky that’s filled with stars big enough for Jupiter and Mars!’

The similarity of Dave’s singing and Gerry Rafferty on ‘Miss America’ is startling and without exaggeration I would say that Dave Dill has produced an album or reliable, intelligent and engaging pop/rock to rival Rafferty’s greatest album, ‘City To City’.

Steely Dan may be another less obvious reference point although Dave’s subject matter is not as characterised or varied as the astonishing creations by Fagen and Becker between 1972 and 1977.

‘Happily Ever After’ has a definite ‘Dan’ vibe about it although the prevailing influence is The Beatles and Paul McCartney in particular.

Dave’s use of electric piano and guitar lines and fills do hark back to Rafferty and his band though!

The beautiful ballad ‘Perfect There’ could well be Peter Lacey or in another time Brian Wilson and the imagery on ‘Never So Beautiful’ works well, a song that could be schmalz in other hands but instead comes across as sincerity and romanticism personified.

‘Don’t Remember’, a co-write with Derek Holt is an enjoyable rocker that could have been culled from the ‘Dan’ back catalogue and another collaboration with Holt provides an album highlight in the haunting ‘Hide and Seek (You Won’t Find Me’) with its country tinged guitar.

The title track appears late in the album and sums up what Dave Dill is about: optimism, light and beauty with a touch of literal ‘flower power’ (‘Golden rod in bloom, monarchs seemed dazed in the feast’) concluding with waves gently lapping against a shore. Even though the subject matter may be different the comparison to Gerry Rafferty is now inescapable. There that’s the third time I’ve said it!

‘Everyday Song’ is a touching jaunty song while the album’s closer ‘Ride On’ sees Dave at his bluesiest and most laid back, an impressive vignette. The closing line ‘The sunflower hangs its head and falls asleep’ seems most appropriate. Having said that this album is the opposite of soporific, in fact it is genuinely energising. You’d need to be a statue not to be moved by Dave Dill’s delightful music and his undemonstrative but ever so subtle guitar playing and song arrangements.

This soaring, triumphant music charts the development of a pheonomenal musician and songwriter.

Jon \"Mojo\" Mills, Editor in Chief, Shindig! Magazine

So much of the American power pop ’60s thing is formulaic, tired and obvious... Dave is different. Even better than The Wondermints in their prime...I\'M NOT LETTING MINE GO\"


sunshine pop fans shouldn\'t even hesitate here
Saving the best for last (end of the month)? Many other power pop sites have raved about Dave Dill this month, so now it\'s my turn. Dave\'s musical development has improved by leaps and bounds with \"Follow The Summer\" Starting with \"Today,\" it\'s a perfect sunny summer pop song that evokes \"Runt-era\" Todd Rundgren with Brian May guitars. The harmonies and dreamy guitar swirls are accented by tamborine smacks, like early 10cc singles for AM radio. Next, \"Miss America\" is the ultimate McCartney meets Eric Carmen ballad with lush melodies that\'ll make classic pop fans swoon. \"Happily Ever After\" is another amazing mid-tempo number with a blistering guitar solo on par with classic Badfinger. \"Never So Beautiful\" has a playful bit of XTC styled chord changes and uses all those classic rock influences to fashion out a true masterpiece along the lines of Andrew Gold\'s \"Fraternal Order OF The All.\" Other songs \"Don\'t Remember\" and \"You Don\'t Believe it\" also resemble Gold\'s best work. After the album mid point it ventures into Beach Boys land with \"Pink Skies.\" I will stop here, as you could keep reading raves all day about Mr. Dill. Every song is strong here and easily gets a nod for Top Ten for 2008. Sunshine pop fans shouldn\'t even hesitate here. After you buy this album, put it in the player, listen to it, rinse and repeat.

PERFECT RATING 10 out of 10 -
TOP 10 of 2008 CANDIDATE

Thoughts on Melody

great songs, great sounds
It wasn’t long ago when summer made its first true appearance here in Helsinki after the long, cold, and dark periods of winter and early spring. Exactly then arrived Dave Dill’s latest album Follow the Summer (2007), and it made a perfect soundtrack for that magical moment.
Dave Dill’s music is sunshiny pop characterized by those beautiful 70s-sounding keyboards and some awesome, rocking guitar work that brings Queen and 10cc to mind. Multitalented, as he is, Dill performs all instruments, singing, and almost everything else (compositions, production, recording), too. One of Dill’s assets is his nice, warm, and expressive singing voice.
Happily Ever After and Don’t Remember represent the more rocking, Badfinger-influenced side of the album. Meanwhile, Perfect There is an example of how Dill creates a heavenly and peaceful atmosphere, an actual mental image of summer – just like The Beach Boys and the great 60s sunshine pop groups. The acoustic guitar plucking and good harmonies will make you feel like you’re lying on a sunny, white beach with all your worries washing away.. That is really one amazing feeling, simply triggered by music. One of the most important reasons why I listen to music is that it can actually bring you a happy feeling through your ears. It’s such a great thing.
Never so Beautiful is a wonderful waltz. For me, the title track Follow the Summer/Pink Skies is also one of the highpoints of this album. The summery feel is very much present and the song and the melody sound really pleasant. Actually, all songs on this album are good. Together the songs are even stronger than when listened separately.
All in all, this album was a very pleasant experience. Great songs, great sounds.. Even the cover art is beautiful, it captures the spirit of this wonderful album.

Absolute Powerpop

a must get for fans of sophisticated sunshine pop
With the weather beginning to warm and the daylight lasting longer (at least in most of the world), it's the perfect time for a new release from Dave Dill. His previous disc, 2005's See You In The Sunshine, was a real treat, and Follow The Summer may be his best yet. Falling somewhere between Brian Wilson/Wondermints and Jon Brion on the pop continuum, Dill has the art of sunshine pop down to an exact science.
This one's a must get for fans of sophisticated sunshine pop, and as a side note, three tracks were co-written and co-produced with Derek Holt of the Climax Blues Band. To that, I'd say this is one they certainly did get right.

Under the Tangerine Tree - Italy

will leave classic devotees of "Pet Sounds" with mouths open
What a great year, this 2008, for fanatics of sunshine pop and (soft) neo sixties in general!...We find ourselves reviewing another sensational disc, perfect for summer that we now face ever closer. We are talking about the brand new studio album from Dave Dill, a disc that in the universe of blogs is getting reviews and crazy, phenomenal ratings and it's time to pay our staff to applaud an artist in the top 20 by year's-end ...
Dave Dill is the quintessential singer-songwriter independent, being solely responsible for drawing up the pieces, as well as their engraving and production. Dill plays every instrument and "sings" every voice, using just three pieces of collaboration (in the writing and production) by Derek Holt, historic British author, a member of Climax Blues Band and author of the boxoffice busting ballad- "I Love You". The spirit that permeates this, as do the four previous discs, is what is often quite evident in the title. Sun and sea. In the evening, however, when the atmosphere is soft, relaxed and vaguely elegant and sophisticated. Sofisticata as the eleven luxury fragments(songs) that make up Follow The Summer.
The album, really fine and devoid of fillers, will leave classic devotees of "Pet Sounds" with mouths open, as fans of modern west coast authors as Michael Penn and especially Jon Brion...
If you love things more quiet and 60's west coast sophisticated, then run, hurry and grab a copy of Follow The Summer. It is true that for this kind of thing vintage seems propitious, but discs like this are pearls and can face the possible periods of lean that, alas, cyclically arrive. Highly recommended.

Power of Pop

a POP album that every fan of 60s/70s classic pop must savour
In a day and age where everyone with a computer is able to record music and foist it onto an unsuspecting public, the mystique of rock & pop records seems to have gone. Perhaps forever.
Thankfully, the pop underground or the powerpop scene (take yer pick) is still able to throw up the odd craftsman and auteur who manages to uncannily re-create the wonder of 60s/70s classic pop music (complete with simulated needle on vinyl sound effect) - back when the word "pop" meant something.
For the moment, I am appreciating this excellent album from Dave Dill, an album - I might add - he basically put together all by himself, barring the three tracks co-written and co-produced with Derek Holt of the Climax Blues Band.
Whilst this fact appears to be a significant selling point of the album, I personally find that the best moments of the album are all Dill!
Just listen to the opening four tracks and be prepared to be amazed by Dill's deft melodic songcraft, sensitive referencing and competent instrumental performances. The jaunty and cod-jazzy "Today" pushes all the right buttons and closes surprisingly with a pseudo-prog coda, out of the Neal Morse songbook, the breezy "Miss America" channels early solo McCartney or maybe Badfinger, the mid-tempo "Happily Ever After" might easily be a latter-day ELO out-take and the ornately baroque "Perfect There" recalls XTC's Apple Venus.
Add to the mix the relaxed tone of the title track, the sweet intent of "Everyday Song" and the folky stomp of "Ride On" and what you get is a POP album that every fan of 60s/70s classic pop must savour.

Mish Mash Music Reviews

catchy with memorable pop hooks
Dave Dill has his Beatles thinking-cap on tight. And while his music comes across with a definite Fab Four influence, the overall sound is actually more reminiscent of other power pop groups that also looked to the Beatles for inspiration; like The Move, ELO, Cheap Trick, and Jellyfish, just to name a few. Throw in a little Brian Wilson for good measure, and you've got the complete idea.
One of the more impressive aspects of Dill's album is the fact that he plays all the instruments and does all the producing. Not an easy feat when you're playing music that traditionally lends itself to a group mentality. Somehow Dill pulls it off brilliantly, and it certainly helps that his songs are catchy with memorable pop hooks. Speaking of which, three tunes here are co-written by Derek Holt of the Climax Blues Band, which adds even more hit-making flavor to the mix.


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