L.A. duo Poolside’s debut album Pacific Standard Time was a highlight of 2012, soundtracking countless laidback hangouts in sunny spots around the globe. As summer approaches once again, the daytime disco outift return with the first taste of their long-anticipated follow-up LP. “If We Make It” is just as lovely and languid as prior Poolside tracks, but with perhaps a bit more of an emotional thrust. The song plods along on a slow, heavy kick-snare pattern that recalls Sky Ferreira’s recent hit “Everything Is Embarrassing (produced by Dev Hynes, of Blood Orange fame). “If We Make It” demonstrates the duo’s ample pop songwriting chops (Filip Nikolic played bass in the chart-topping Danish electropop group Junior Senior before moving to LA, while bandmate Jeffrey Paradise fronted influential electroclash act The Calculators). At the same time, it also reflects their groove-building experience as DJs and their love of glistening, space age cosmic disco production. The track has a hushed yet euphoric introspective quality that recalls romantic 80s pop ballads from the likes of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and The Thompson Twins – high praise in my book.
“If We Make It” will be featured on the “Scion 10 Series Music Release,” a compilation celebrating the California label’s tenth year of life. A full Poolside album is due out sometime this fall.