Album of the Week: Matt Pond PA – Still Summer

Album of the Week: Matt Pond PA – Still Summer

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Matt Pond PA has been churning out charming power-pop songs for nearly 20 years — a run that will extend to 12 full-length albums when the band releases Still Summer on August 11. Its arrival will mark a major milestone in a long and creatively fruitful career: Once tours for the new record have run their course, singer-songwriter Matt Pond is effectively breaking up the band, dropping the “PA” and carrying forward with new projects. Viewed through that lens, it’s no surprise that Still Summer‘s title track carries extra nostalgic weight. Pond was already a master of couching wistful reflection in rousing anthems, and “Still Summer” demonstrates that skill to wondrous effect: Playfully retro synths and chant-along choruses (“I won’t let go / I won’t let go / I won’t”) all contribute to a hook-packed snapshot of late-summer love and its bittersweet aftermath. If “Still Summer” had been recorded by The Cars in 1984, it’d already be a classic. Stephen Thompson, NPR Music