SUMMERTIME HEAT | the album & single | new from Well Well Well

SUMMERTIME HEAT | the album & single | new from Well Well Well

Here's the sound of summer! The heat meets the cool breeze!

Summertime heat is coming! Well Well Well, the smooth icons of San Diego have gathered some of their finest material to date for their new album. Summertime Heat finds primary songwriters Seton Edgerton and Daniel Nichols refining their sound into a genre all their own that’s equal parts satirical and sincere. The resulting album stands as Well Well Well’s finest work, recalling at times the sounds of Steely Dan, Michael McDonald, and Prince.

Working with a collection of San Diego’s finest musicians, the group wrote and tracked tirelessly for four years in between national tours and busy schedules, working in professional backyard studios, vacation rentals across Southern California, and their own home studio overlooking the San Diego Airport.

In contrast with past releases, this album finds the band embracing a fuller sound, complete with horns, synthesizers, and pedal steel. Toro y Moi collaborator Pat Jones mixed half the album at Honeymoon Suite in Los Angeles, while co-producer David Glasebrook did the remaining mixing and mastering at his studio in Oakland, CA.

The title track and single Summertime Heat — a summer anthem for the ages — takes its inspiration from Edgerton’s childhood in the hot and dry suburbs of Los Angeles.

"The track is inspired by those early mornings in my mom’s minivan bumping the local smooth jazz station. Getting dropped off at high school in Encino, where gridlock traffic happens around the clock and the sun beats down with merciless heat. The only escape being the ocean breeze and the windows down, cruising the 101 freeway. It’s an homage to my Los Angeles experience,” explains Seton Edgerton.

Meanwhile, the group’s trademark humor shines through on No Surfing, which revisits the early days of Covid-19 and the ill-advised temporary surfing ban put in place by the authorities, while Mar-A-Lago pokes fun at the 45th US president with satirical lyrics about his Florida “casino by the sea”.

In the past couple of years Well Well Well has come a long way, after working with The Mattson 2 on their 2022 album Palm Springs. Since then they’ve assembled a band of San Diego’s finest, crisscrossed the US on tour with Donny Benet, played sold out shows at The Regent in Los Angeles and Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco, and now they’re set to release Summertime Heat, an album with smooth sounds and satirical lyrics that only Well Well Well can deliver.

Royal Oakie Records is pleased to release the album at the height of California summer on September 6th 2024. The single Summertime Heat has just been released as a taster. More details are below.

Here's the single...

The album cover & photo...

The preview...

The tracks...

Sunset Cliffs

The album begins at Sunset Cliffs with an homage to Santo & Johnny featuring pedal steel virtuoso and top-ranked musician Reggie Duncan.

No Surfing

“Written at the height of Covid-19 lockdown in a beachside shack at Mission Beach. The pain of being so close yet so far. Part desperate surfer, part Sheriff, all strange.” - Seton Edgerton

Mar-A-Lago

“A humorous day dream where I imagine that my best friend is Donald Trump and I take my girlfriend to Florida to meet him and things don’t go so well,” says Seton Edgerton. A satirical daydream with catchy hooks akin to Rick James’ Mary Jane. Driving percussion, funky clavinet and tasty horns. Let your imagination whisk you away.

Dance the Stress Away

Picks up where the previous track leaves off. Freshly single and nowhere to be but the dance floor. Anita Ward would blush.

Double Take Jake

“Written in a cabin in Pine Mountain Club, CA. Power outage, too many gummies and a panic attack. The song is about doing a double take at the grocery store or at Target when you cross eyes with a woman that is there with another man.” - Seton Edgerton

Defibrillator

A new-age dance track with Miike Snow harmonies and a Talk Box solo.

Summertime Heat

The song of the summer. Hot days, warm nights, top down cruising Highway 101.

Highway Smile

Finds the album back where we started, at the beach, cocktail in hand. A relaxing bossa-nova tip of the cap to the final sunset of summer.

The album credits & lyrics...

  • Produced by David Glasebrook, Seton Edgerton, & Daniel Nichols
  • Recorded at Rarefied Recording - San Diego, CA
  • Engineered by Seton Edgerton & David Glasebrook
  • Mixed by Pat Jones at Honeymoon Suite - Los Angeles, CA, & David Glasebrook at The Garden Shed - Oakland, CA
  • Mastered by David Glasebrook at The Garden Shed - Oakland, CA
  • Artwork by Andrew McGranahan
  • Words and music by Seton V Edgerton & Daniel Philip Nichols © 2024
  • The musicians - Seton Edgerton, Daniel Nichols, Daniel Ercoli, Jesse Weatherholt, Garrison Cyr, Reggie Duncan, Fabian Hernandez, Maciej Gizejewski, Hank Bragg
Well Well Well "Summertime Heat" album - lyrics.pdf 649 KB
  • Summertime Heat - single release: June 28th 2024 (this track also features on the Summer 24 Royal Oakie Compilation released July 5th 2024)
  • Further single release dates - Double Take Jake - July 12th; Sunset Cliffs - July 19th; No Surfing - July 26th; Dance the Stress Away - August 2nd; Mar-A-Lago - August 9th; Defibrillator - August 16th; Highway Smile - August 23rd
  • Summertime Heat - album release: September 6th 2024
  • Bandcamp Link https://wellwellwelltheband.bandcamp.com/album/summertime-heat
  • Album formats - Digital, CD, Cassette

To hear summer compilation Summer 24...

For further info...

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