From Australia with the Stanleys to America with Bud Summers, power pop has been seeing a resurgence in recent years. Seen by some as an unhip relic of the 70s and 80s, its contemporary revitalization sees the movement commingling with the likes of indie rock, blues, and jazz for a modern lick of paint. For this singer-songwriter and notable guitarist, he takes up some of the latter inflected into his newest single, ‘Endless Fantasy’.
Like any timeless power pop installment, too, Summers kicks things off with a sensual hook that kick-starts the number with a persistent, jazzy soul that keeps up throughout the track. The riff itself remains at the song’s center, returning between verses with a warmth akin to an old friend’s embrace. In between, Summers makes his case as a vocalist, joined by an ensemble of bluesy harmonics that keep the song fresh through to a delectable guitar solo. Summers’ consummate roots shine as clearly as they do brightly, having grown up amongst music between his jazz bassist father and music teaching mother, and the tune makes another strong case for the staple songwriter’s longevity.
Words by: Jonathan Frahm (@jfrahm_)