The Bicycats – “Middle of the Summer”


“Middle of the Summer” is a lovely new single from Los Angeles-based The Bicycats, the project of Zachary Bernstein. “This is a song about trying to maintain ties with someone who has infinite charisma and keeps slipping away,” he says.

Mellow keys accompany the initial, awakening lyrics — “Wake up early for the morning parade / I can fake my way through another day.” A psych-pop flourishing is apparent thereafter in the tender acoustics and flashing keys, with a twangy guitar emerging during the “nobody’s got your number,” escalation. The ensuing “dress is like the ocean,” vocal rise plays with chilling, hypnotic qualities into the subsequent, chilled-out verses. “Middle of the Summer” satiates in its meshing of laid-back haziness and twangy rock nostalgia.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of March 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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