With a charming cover and the knowledge that you’re in company of long time after-show DJ and Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio, it’s hard to go into this listen feeling anything but optimistic. And soon Sunburn starts to emanate an all-to-appropriate glow that catapults you into a parallel universe where it’s also July but you’re not sweating whilst waiting for the Central Line.
Steel drums intoxicate with their world-music connotations before ‘Sunburn Modern’ builds into a celebration of all things rave-licious.The percussion envelopes smatterings of human breath that ensure this as the perfect score to your holiday romance. ‘Anonymity’ bears jangly hints of Baio’s Vampiric tendencies embedded within tambourines laced by muffled hand claps that are certain to transport you to a euro beach that’s edging on trash. It’s sounds relatively simple, but after numerous listens it becomes easy to identify countless hidden tinkles of delight. ‘Tanto’, featuring Chilian singer Matias Aguayo, rounds off proceedings by way of a midnight rooftop serenade, embellished with finger snaps and lack-lustre but inviting ‘la las’.
But then we run into a problem; the sand in the crevasses, so to speak. Despite this EP being a thoroughly enjoyable love letter to a pleasantly diverse range of influences (and they are all good influences), there’s something dishearteningly cheesy about this offering. Perhaps it’s best to not do as I did and listen to these three tracks straight after some downright perfect electronica. Unfortunately this record is highly susceptible to change in different contexts – if you aren’t on a beach or you place Sunburn within a playlist of your favourite tracks then you’ll be disappointed. With the bbq smoking and the EP on repeat, however, Baio will make your evening under the awning quite pleasurable.