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Eternal Summers unearth harmony in the space between extremes. Robust guitars often give way to shimmering melodies, while a gorgeous soundscape might thinly veil an incisive quip or frank commentary. The Roanoke, VA trio—Nicole Yun [guitar, vocals], Daniel Cundiff [drums], and Jonathan Woods [bass]—perfect this patented push-and-pull on their fifth full-length and first release for Nevado Music, Every Day It Feels Like I’m Dying...
These eleven tracks not only hone their signature sense of balance, but they also represent a natural evolution.
“We’ve always juxtaposed dark themes within the lyrics with really pretty music and vice versa,” says Nicole. “This album is the most hardcore or extreme example of that. We’re really trying to push the boundaries of what we’ve done in the past, which has been a quest of ours. You can hear the growth. Thematically, this is our most unified album, because it’s about having hope in bleak times. We’ve broadened what our sound is and pushed it again.”
Constant forward motion has defined the group’s trajectory since emerging in 2009. Over the
course of four full-length albums, they’ve shared the stage with everyone from Surfer Blood and We Are Scientists to Nada Surf and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. Most recently, 2015’s Gold and Stone earned widespread acclaim.
Rolling Stone lauded them among “10 Artists You Need To Know,” and Pitchfork praised the record as “The latest testament to their ever-broadening range.”
Before recording what would become Every Day It Feels Like I’m Dying... in Austin, TX with frequent collaborator and co-producer Louie Lino, the group did something they hadn’t done in a long time...
“We actually took a break,” says Nicole. “From 2010 until 2015, we were writing constantly. The albums were released one after another back-to-back. We had been touring so much. This time we let life happen. Daniel got married. Jonathan changed jobs. We spent a lot of time outside of rock music, listening to jazz and bossa nova - a ton of Stereolab and The Sea and Cake. A lot of the records from my teen and pre-teen years started popping up for me as inspiration. I was thinking of how much I loved The Cardigans and Japanese pop bands like Pizzicato 5 Advantage Lucy. We were digging around. There was time for more intention and curiosity.”