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At first blush, Love & Summer, the third full-length album from Chicago-based singer/songwriter Kevin Andrew Prchal is a rollicking celebration of its two titular themes. Radiating romance and whimsy, the album revels in the never-ending present of love; its songs ecstatic and tender, playful and impassioned. Early on, Love & Summer stakes out its territory—a green and blossoming world which Prchal explores with breathless wonder and delight. Musically and lyrically, its mood is pastoral: fiddles and pedal steel mingle with the recurring voices of cicadas, and Prchal draws on a register of natural images to populate its landscape. Yet even while Love & Summer presents an homage to this idealized world, Love & Summer is motivated less by the dizzy raptures of love than by a hard-won awareness of the fleetingness of things and a determination to remain focused on the here-and-now of real human connection.
Jeff Julian is the lead singer and guitar player of Chicago’s Vaudevileins. Jeff will play songs from his past projects including Vaudevileins, Canadian Nuzzle, and Deconstructing Jim, as well as new originals and some favorite covers from bands like Wilco, Neutral Milk Hotel, Tom Petty, and Radiohead.