Photo by Hannibal director David Slade / Smalltown Spersound
  • Photo by Hannibal director David Slade / Smalltown Supersound
When Brian Reitzell's "Last Summer" first started to play, I thought, "Well, that's nice," thinking that I'd forget all about it before it ended, except that it gets more dramatic as it goes along, especially as the mechanical beats give way to Dave Lombardo-like drumming. It never comes to a complete boil, but that's cool. I had a long day yesterday; I'm not sure I would've found that especially appealing.

Sponsored
NUDE KITCHEN is Museum of Museum’s weekly figure drawing class.
Interesting models, experienced instructors, Zoom Tuesdays at 7:00.

Instead, it builds in intensity until it has nowhere else to go, but out the door and towards the heavens, like a wayward pigeon with a flock to find. If you like Massive Attack, Mogwai, and Explosions in the Sky, you might like this, too.

Not so coincidentally, Brian Reitzell, who lives in Los Angeles, also composes for film and TV, and his list of credits includes Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring and NBC's Hannibal (my favorite network drama). Since the 1990s, Reitzell has also worked with Redd Kross, Air, Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), and Mark Hollis (Talk Talk). On this track, he roped in My Bloody Valentine mastermind Kevin Shields to play the organ (Tim Young handles the guitar duties).

Support The Stranger

I'll admit it's got a "soundtrack" vibe, like Massive Attack's "Teardrop," but I see that as a plus (and I'll always associate that song with the Fox series House).

Smalltown Supersound releases Reitzell's debut, Auto Music, on June 3rd.