Super Furry Animals
The fact that the UK summer of 2007 has been dreadful in terms of sunshine is an obvious downer, sadly made worse by the fact that this, the album of the summer has not actually had a proper season for its birth. A travesty indeed.
Hey Venus! is a lush, spacey selection of beautiful tunes from the Welsh maestros. By god, the harmonies on The Gift that Keeps Giving make the Beach Boys sound like a boy band before their vocals are processed through the auto tuner. Single cut Show Your Hand has you by the throat about 30 seconds into the second listen, and by the time the key change kicks in you're dancing like a loon.
This is music for sunshine, friends and maybe a VW camper van road trip. Even without any of them, this is still utterly fantastic stuff. Pray for sunshine.