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Tanner Mackey | Summer (It's Not What You Think) - EP

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Summer (It's Not What You Think) - EP

by Tanner Mackey

Incredibly quirky and creative summer songs with a weird twist. Is the EP about love during the summer, or an alien invasion? You decide! Gnarly lo-fi synths with experimental accompanying instrumentation. A must-listen for those weirdos out there.
Genre: New Age: Progressive Alternative
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1. Open to the Sun
2:29 album only
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2. Summer Liberation
3:16 album only
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3. Caught up in Your Mystery
3:12 album only
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4. The End of Summer
3:51 album only
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5. It's (Not) the Same
3:29 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Welcome to Tanner Mackey's second album creation! This EP was created in a short time frame from about March 2017 to August 2017 and featured very different instrumentations from Tanner's first album, The Mentor Or The Charlatan. This was due to the addition of a Maschine Jam to his arsenal, which compounded with Tanner's growing experience and experimentation with production. Tanner was aiming for a more New Wave Dream-pop sound on the songs Summer Liberation and It's (Not) The Same. This unique sound was also infused with a lo-fi surf punk influence on the remaining songs on the album, The End Of Summer (Which features 2 bass guitars, vocals, and his Maschine), Open To The Sun (Which features only one bass guitar, a real drum set, vocals, and a synth) and Caught Up In Your Mystery (Which had a more typical alternative rock set up of guitar, bass, drums, synth, and vocals)
The EP was meant to maintain an unsettling summer aesthetic, which challenges the conventional interpretation of Summer music, which is usually very happy and upbeat. Many of the songs featured on the EP have punishing tempos of well over 160 bpm, which maintains the upbeat attitude, but the melodies always provide a slightly unnerving aspect to them. Tanner Mackey's Summer EP (It's Not What You Think) was meant to be able to be interpreted in two very different ways simultaneously that would fit this unsettled summer aesthetic. The first, was inspired by a short but volatile relationship with a beautiful redhead named Summer, and is meant to fit the typical "summer love song" trope. The lyrics can be viewed as various stages of a relationship and developing/losing feelings for a girl. The second, and much more exotic interpretation is that of an alien invasion during the summer. Every song contains cryptic messages and vague references to unsettling imagery such as "pillars of light" and blood splattering the walls of filling the ground. If looked at in the right mindset, the themes could easily change from carefree summer love to themes of abduction, desperation, being torn apart, and misery. The creation of this EP allowed Tanner to expand his production and musical abilities, while also further exploring what makes an aesthetic a "surf aesthetic" which is what he plans to create his next album entirely in, with the help of some other musicians. You can look for it around Spring 2018!

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