Marietta
Summer Death


5.0
classic

Review

by Connor USER (18 Reviews)
June 17th, 2016 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's autumn now so please forget me

Summer 2014: End of Junior Year

This marks the first time I fully listened to Summer Death by Marietta, an album that remains as one of the most significant albums in my short life. I was struck with sadness about having to go back to school in less than a week, so I went for a drive in the middle of a late August day as an attempt to take my mind off the inevitable. Only having heard a couple of Marietta songs, I decided that the death of my own summer was the perfect time to listen to their debut in its entirety. I remember ‘Cinco de Mayo Shit Show’ standing out the most with its infectious gang vocal chorus, “I’m getting to old for this shit, I’m throwing fits and acting like a kid again!” Only being 17 years old the lyrics themselves didn’t resonate with me, but I pretended to understand and shouted along anyways, not yet realizing the irony in my actions. Satisfied with myself for picking an appropriate album for the finale of my summer, I vowed to return to it over the rest of my senior year, singling out the aforementioned track whenever possible. Although I enjoyed the album, I realize now that I enjoyed it mostly for the fact that it was named Summer Death and I listened to it in August. It had not yet struck a personal connection with my life. It soon would.

Summer 2015: End of Senior Year

One stressful year later filled with breakups, failures and anxieties about college and my future, I’m on the couch, home alone in early August. I receive a text from my mom asking me to drive 45 minutes to pick my sister up from some backwoods Wisconsin town. Reluctantly, I slump into my car and begin driving on the seemingly unmarked highways, rarely seeing another car pass me by. Realizing that this summer would be cut short due to leaving for college early, I decide to listen to Summer Death. Remembering how much I loved this album for its charming, twinkly guitars and the infectiously half-shouted, half-sung vocals, I excitedly plug my iPod into the aux. Anxious to hear my favorite track, I almost completely ignore the first song, but suddenly the lines “Have I been forgotten? Oh yeah, I’ve been forgotten. I don’t see the silver lining, I give up on trying” intoxicate me and forcefully immerse me inside every track on the album. Everything fell into its place and I soon realized the impact this album had made on me over my senior year of high school. While screaming “I’ve got my head back, again” as ‘Fuck, Dantooine is Big’ came to a close, I surprised myself with the amount of lyrics I knew by heart. I remember this moment as the first time I was able to differentiate every song from each other, a defining quality in an album for me. Every track became crystal clear through the viewfinder of my ears, something as satisfying as the click of a camera’s shutter just before an image is captured. Looking out the window I am reminded of the first time I heard the album almost exactly a year ago. Filled with nostalgia, I pick up my sister. I listen to the album a second time, smiling the whole way back.

Summer 2016: End of Freshman Year//Present

Having heard the album enough times by now, I often attempt to pinpoint why I love this album so much. Feelings of nostalgia, bliss, regret, and uncertainty blur together throughout the entire album, yet I am unable to differentiate my own feelings with those that are conveyed through the music, a beautiful sign of an album dissolving itself inside the pools of my own memories. Intense moments of energetic breakdowns, like the closing of ‘Ever is a Long Time’, convey the loss of love almost perfectly (“Wait, don’t go, I’ll hold you on my own”), while the quieter, more somber moments convey the resentfulness and uncertainties of growing up (“I screamed at my skin ‘Please stay younger’” in ‘Chase, I Hardly Know Ya’). Still, there’s a sense of mystery as to why this album is so deeply engraved in both my mind and my heart. Maybe it’s something as simple as the catchy gang vocals, destined to be shouted by any adolescent within the scene. Yet, maybe it’s something as complex as the interplay between the guitars, or the disposal of the verse, chorus, verse pattern most bands are used to, making every track inherently interesting and unique. As I sit and type, I almost look forward to the end of August, knowing all these memories will flood back in full color as I drive in my car on a hot summer day and press play to ‘…So They Left Me at a Gas Station’. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to eloquently explain why this album is so moving and poignant, but for now it remains as the soundtrack to the end of my summer.

Maybe I’m not getting too old for this shit.



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Conmaniac
June 17th 2016


7163 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

all the stars should say "shit" since when did they sensor stuff

anyways this is my first 5 review, recently 5'd this so thought it was appropriate since it needed a review. tried to get a lot more informal with this one so any critiques would be appreciated!

LotusFlower
June 17th 2016


11777 Comments


if you re-edit the review through your profile you can bypass the censor.

Digging: f(x) - Pink Tape

Conmaniac
June 17th 2016


7163 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

you're the best Clover thx

Conmaniac
June 19th 2016


7163 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

shameless bump because i love this album

Conmaniac
July 30th 2016


7163 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

weird bump but this review specifically got spammed for some reason with negs and pos's but no actual criticism or discussion...would it be weird for me to delete it and repost it after some editing? if so i'll just keep it up but im considering it

AsleepInTheBack
August 21st 2016


1834 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wonderful review man, don't know why i hadn't stumbled upon it yet. the whole thing is so damn relatable.



why'd this get trolled?

Conmaniac
August 21st 2016


7163 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

my "Genres that piss me OFF" list I think. thanks dude though I appreciate it. def my weirdest review tho. you check this yet?

AsleepInTheBack
August 21st 2016


1834 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ahh yeah haha I remember that. You were always gonna tread on some toes when you dissed death metal and such, but it seems way over the top for people to go after reviews like this. And nah not yet, adding it to the list though, will probably check it just before I go back to uni, seems apt

Conmaniac
August 21st 2016


7163 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

also, perfect timing for a bump. I leave for college in less than a week...gotta jam this hard and would rec that you do as well!

AsleepInTheBack
August 21st 2016


1834 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ah cool. Need to get back to jamming my 5s. Feel a bit out of touch with them, you know? Ended up cutting 4 of them off to 4.5s

Conmaniac
August 21st 2016


7163 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

totally get that aha. need to jam some of my 4.5s and do the same

AsleepInTheBack
August 21st 2016


1834 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

TDAG sadly took a hit and is now a 4.5. Hopefully it'll grow back haha

You got any other recs man? Some easy listening emo would be perfect for me right now

Conmaniac
August 21st 2016


7163 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Algernon Cadwallader. perf summer emo music, pretty catchy/easy listening

AsleepInTheBack
August 21st 2016


1834 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers man, will check

Conmaniac
August 25th 2016


7163 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

last day home. drove around town to this album, just yelling along to the songs. holy shit what an album. the feels are reals yo

AsleepInTheBack
August 25th 2016


1834 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

shit man, you're making me wanna check this early haha

Conmaniac
August 25th 2016


7163 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

you gotta before the end of summer dude

AsleepInTheBack
August 25th 2016


1834 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah man I will, still got a few weeks before I head back to Uni though so Im trying to hold off jamming it. Will probably cave sooner though

Artuma
August 25th 2016


25698 Comments


is this better than as it were?

Digging: Touche Amore - Stage Four

Conmaniac
August 25th 2016


7163 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Art it is on a production standpoint and the songwriting here is less formulaic than As it Were. not sure you would loveeee this but I'd say give it a shot if you at least liked As it Were.



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