Back at the end of July, we hipped you to Aaron "Ab" Abernathy's new single "A Quarter After Morning," and a few weeks ago the full EP from which it was taken, About Last Summer: 45 Series Vol. III, was released. Over the course of About Last Summer's four tracks, Ab outlines in heartbreaking detail the collapse of a relationship. This is a full blown dissection of that failed relationship, a post mortem into the simultaneous deaths of love and friendship and a life lesson for us all.
The aforementioned lead single "A Quarter After Morning" sets the ball rolling, a steamy call to a lover to spend the early part of the day engaged in some sensual and slow jam-initiated loving. Strong synth lines run throughout this down and dirty slow burner, whilst Ab's vocal stylings veritably drip with desire and an inherent pleading for the presence of his woman in the early morning light.The breakdown at the end is a swirling vortex of horns, vocals and guitars -- overall a sheer delight.
"Affairs of the Heart" drops next and is a mid-tempo piano led detailing of THAT moment -- the second the line from friends to lovers was crossed. With a love described as "something we can't explain," it comes replete with the warning "we made love and we were risking our own past." Ab acknowledges that "friendship's over now," yet somehow doesn't seem overly filled with the joy you would expect. Was the risk worth the reward?
The answer comes quickly with "Pill," where Ab longs for a pill to cure heartache. This guitar-led paean to a love unfulfilled with it's stuttering, shuffling drums is another uneasy eavesdropping into a world of pain and regret. By the time we reach the final track, "About Last Summer," it is clear that some distance is between us and the heartbreak, and the instrumental piece is chock full of wistful remembrance. A simple guitar intro gives way to synth strings and the mellifluous horns, creating an atmosphere of lazy sunny evenings spent pondering love's challenges and losses.
Throughout About Last Summer Ab spills his inner turmoil all for our edification. Hear his song, feel his pain and grab this EP now.
Aaron "Ab" Abernathy About Last Summer: 45 Series Vol. III [iTunes]