Local Record Review: 'Egyptian Summer' by Matt Hurray
So it might not officially be summer yet but c'mon, you've seen the weather this week. (Okay, so maybe there's rain on the way too--bear with us.) Anyway, the thing about surf music and OC is that 1) it's been happening here for decades, after all 2) there's always going to be more of it. The fact that Egyptian Summer has the kind of cover art we almost just expect with any celebration of an established style--slightly distressed feel like a well-loved vinyl sleeve and all--is almost the kind of thing that makes a listener go "Well, yeah, but surely we've heard this."
That said, a few moments like "Sunset Gammon" and "Aloha," the agreeable album closer, take an easier pace, not quite yacht rock but not too far removed from the feeling of just enjoying the sunset and scrounging up a gin and tonic. It's the kind of music that feels good when there's not a care in the world, and as anyone can tell you, there's always plenty to care about and feel even angrier than normal as a result. So Egyptian Summer is the soundtrack of a daydream but there's a reason why so many of us live here and have those daydreams, and Hurray's having a blast with it.