Pokémom's summer songs is delightful in any season.
These two tiny and delicate lo-fi pop songs by Albany-dweller Lillian Santacrose really pack a punch on Pokémom’s debut release, summer songs. Just a warning: these beautiful little gems have the power to make you cry in public, so proceed with caution. The first track, “july 2012” is a reassuring tune of strength and self-worth, as they note in a Crutchfield-like croon, “I am tall / I am tall as a tree,” despite the subject of the song making them feel so small. Along to the tune of a fuzzy synth line, they then sing of setting the subject’s car on fire and using that as a light for the future. It illustrates the importance of learning from mistakes, but not necessarily peacefully if it means standing up for oneself. The song concludes with softly spoken advice that it’s good to doubt what you have been taught, which is an especially important notion in recent years as our culture is changing so much from what our parents taught us.
Speaking of parents, the next (and unfortunately last) song on the EP, “birthday candles”, is a more subdued number about comforting a concerned mother. Over a looming guitar track phasing in and out of the background, they sing of growing into themselves, even if it means changing the innocent version that a mother would naturally cling onto. The best and final line of the EP is, “I promise I will pay you back / for all that you made me / for all that I am / I will love me again.” Thanking a parent for self-love is something rarely seen in bedroom pop songs, but Santacrose seems to convey their appreciation so effortlessly. Even though the summer has passed, this thoughtful pair of demos are relatable enough to listen to year round.
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Katryn Macko is a Virgo living in Chicago, IL, who was a former member of the bedroom pop band Naps in Tallahassee, FL. She is currently an intern at Flowerbooking, lives at a house venue called Margaritaville, and is the certified #1 fan of the Bud Light Lime-A-Rita brand. She enjoys singing karaoke, beating boys at foosball, and crying to nineties romantic comedies in her spare time.