· By Mattias Forsgren
Summer Heart celebrates ten years of dream-pop brilliance on anniversary version of single 'A Million Times' Release December 9 via Icons Creating Evil Art 10-year anniversary of ‘About A Feeling’ coming in 2023
Ten years after the release of his critically acclaimed sophomore album ‘About A Feeling’, Swedish dream-pop pioneer Summer Heart is set to release a revisited version of the quintessential ‘A Million Times’ through Icons Creating Evil Art, subduing the soundscape of the first single off his aforementioned 2012 LP yet garnishing it with a lo-fi avant-garde resulting from a cutting-edge career spanning more than a decade.
‘A Million Times’ sounds more distilled this time around. This tribute is structured in a fundamentally different manner from the original, neither for better nor for worse. The carnival bounce and high-flying, distorted vocals of the 2012 release find themselves roped into a tighter space, almost falling into a deep house pocket where two ultra-fine layers of Summer Heart’s tenor register accompany pulsating percussion and dozing keys, effectively creating a homage that feels less like a remaster and more like a celebratory ode to the past.
Speaking on the reconceptualized track, Summer Heart had this to say: "I can't believe it was ten years ago A Million Times was released. It was the first single from my album About A Feeling. I remember working on the song in my old room, sitting in an uncomfortable chair trying not to move because the squeaks from that chair were up by the microphone. And to be honest there are a lot of squeaks going on in the background of that track. I remember listening to the mix over and over on my daily commute to uni trying to figure out things to improve. Now 10 years later I don't know what I would have done differently, perhaps a lot of things, or perhaps nothing. Either way I have now done a 10 year anniversary version of the track, not trying to improve it, but more just like a tribute to it."
This commemorative release marks a decade since the unveiling of ‘About A Feeling’, Summer Heart’s breakout project and one that now sits at more than 50 million streams across all platforms. While the more refined approach on the revisited release lies a sonic grade above his old DIY doings of making dream-pop from a bedroom studio, the effort stays true to a skeletal understanding of the genre which made the LP a spearhead of its booming popularity.
Having been performing independently for over eight years, Summer Heart is now signed to the renowned Swedish label Icons Creating Evil Art. With an already impressive roster under their belts, the imprint is set to become a welcome home to the frontman’s breezy and lovable direction.
The anniversary version of ‘A Million Times’ will be available across all streaming platforms on 9th December 2022 via Icons Creating Evil Art.