Soundtrack – The Fault In Our Stars

If you’re in your 30’s today, you can probably think of at least one movie soundtrack from the 1990’s you consider to be especially important to your teenaged self.

Back in those days, soundtracks were as important as the movies they accompanied and served as a sort-of mix-tape, a compilation of songs by a selection of present-day artists that told a story, helped emphasize an event, or just build some sort of personal emotional connection around.

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Ray LaMontagne – Supernova

Ray LeMontagne - Supernova

The thought of summer music of late tends to lead to bouncy pop and dance tunes from the likes of Katy Perry, Carly Rae Jepsen or Flo Rida, but the new record from Ray LaMontagne evokes a different kind of summer soundtrack. It takes the sound of summer back to the 60s where he and producer Dan Auerbach (of the Black Keys) infuse retro-folk and psychedelic guitar pop in a sound that comes as a twist from the New Hampshire folk singer.

Songs like Lavender and Smashing are breezy, lounge-on-the-beach tunes that sound like a cross between MGMT and Jack Johnson. Layered but chill. A drastic change from the retrospective songs that made up his last record God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise.

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