As the first hints of summer begin to show themselves it’s inevitable that you’ll soon be digging through your music collection to find those upbeat sun drenched albums that haven’t been heard since what seems like forever ago, but was really just last summer. You can save yourself that search this year though because Life Stream is most probably the summer soundtrack you’re after.
It would be easy to dismiss Tim and Sam’s Tim and the Sam band with Tim and Sam as a bit of a novelty, the name practically does it for you. Whilst that particular career decision may have to be considered ill-conceived thankfully the opposite is true of their sound; a lovely fusion of orchestral folk, twee and post-rock. Life Stream is a beautifully constructed mesh of wistful strings, hazy ivory twinkles and ‘aren’t these the days of our lives’ type lyrics. That might sound a bit cynical, and it is I guess, but the fact is despite my awareness of that I still can’t help but be drawn in to the giddy happiness of it all. The opening double of ‘Sparks’ and ‘Summer Solstice’ are the perfect representation of the album, the former blooming in to life with joyous swells of trumpet and luscious strings. Then the latter, a previous single, is the group at their pastoral best layering piano, strings and brass to form an irresistibly catchy melody which seems effortless in it’s intricacy.