Despite its title, Bobby Renz’s “Summer Love” is a song about misery. While Renz preserves many of the same aesthetics as his first album Eat a Rainbow, his latest single is grungier, deeper, and exquisitely mixed. Renz has moved beyond melancholy themes of life and death to ambivalence. The song was produced and written by Renz and Tim Vickers; mixed and mastered by Maxwell Stark. Their work comes through as a terrific, danceable ode and an expansion for Renz. Notably, the constant ebb and flow between the balance of vocals and instruments carries listeners toward the finish line as the drums and synths begin to take up the entire foreground of the song.
Summer Love is (hopefully) an excellent teaser for a potential sophomore album for Renz – though it has not been confirmed by him or his label, Text Me Records (SF, CA). Bobby Renz is originally from Northern California, but now lives in Portland.