La Vega :: "Key West"
The surf-rock veneer of La Vega's "Key West" eventually gives way to a multi-layered chorus that pays ode to both the Strokes and the lunch-pail rock of bands like the Hold Steady. The refrain which kicks with one of the best pre-choruses of 2013, "It's almost way too late for you say that / it's almost way too late to even try", a languid vocal that recalls bits of Casablancas and a coupling of wailing guitar and an insistent piano backing that hints of Craig Finn. The refrain itself explodes on the back of this invocation with a vigorous defense of alone-ness in the heat and waning days of a summer. A rip-roaring good time, La Vega have given listeners one of the many sounds of the summer.