If you’re a fellow Canada-dweller, like me, then surely you know summer is right around the corner. That means weekends at the cottage, nights by the fire and good times ahead. Put away those heavy jackets and gloves, and pull out the shorts and tank tops. Now I don’t know about you, but my frame of mind changes in the summer and subsequently so do my music listening habits. That’s where Gone Now, Bleachers newest album, comes into the mix: The ultimate summer album.

Gone Now is Jack Antonoff’s (member of Fun.) sophomore record, following up his debut album Strange Desire. This time around, Antonoff is really starting to find his sound; a mix between rock, pop and some R&B thrown in for good measure. This album is heavily influenced by the sounds of the eighties – check out Don’t Take The Money and Let’s Get Married in particular.

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All My Heroes and Nothing Is U takes a step back to slow things right down. All My Heroes has a steady bass drum that flows throughout the song, building up to a harmonious chorus that leaves you picturing yourself singing alongside a group of your best friends. While Nothing Is U hits on another level altogether, delving into the effects of that one person who can change you entirely. Perhaps Antonoff is singing about his sister who tragically passed at a young age from a battle against brain cancer and the effects of her passing on his character.

Some albums need time to grow on you, while others manifest greatness right out of the gate. This is a prime example of the latter. The album begins with Dream of Mickey Mantle, the opening verse “All the hope I had when I was young/ I hope I wasn’t wrong/ I miss those days/ so I sing a don’t take the money song” is an indication of both Antonoff’s uncertainty but also willingness to spawn the music he wants to create without external pressures weighing him down and influencing his music. The song builds and builds until the end, leading alluringly into Goodmorning.

Antonoff does something very interesting with this album, and he does so quite subtly: inserted throughout the album are short little snippets of the track Goodmorning. I think the effect of this is listening to the track for a second or third time around creates a sense of euphoric nostalgia, by replaying this sense of faint familiarity without overdoing it.

Antonoff has no intention of leaving Fun. but he certainly has made a name for himself with this solo project. If you find yourself in need of a good summer album or a pick-me-up, then look no further than Gone Now.

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