Smaller Hearts
“Summertime III”

by Jim Di Gioia

April 30, 2018

The massive, appealing pop hooks of “Summertime III” by Dartmouth’s Smaller Hearts are born out of Kristina Parlee and Ron Bates’s love of iconic 80s electro-pop. Partners in life and music, Parlee and Bates take a page from other duos like Soft Cell and Pet Shop Boys, incorporating smooth electronic sounds and efficient minimalism to maximal effect.

Smaller Hearts itself is an evolutionary step from Parlee and Bates’s previous project, Homo Duplex. Under this new guise, they’ve smoothed out some rough edges while still embracing pop’s grittier side, describing Smaller Hearts as the product of “putting OMD and The Blow in a blender with Autechre.” “Summertime III” is a swirling puree of bleeps and blips, a refreshing palate cleanser beckoning brighter days, even if its official video features images of winter weather.

Jim Di Gioia

Jim founded the music blog Quick Before It Melts in 2006 and was its principal writer until 2016, when its decade-long run ended 10 years to the day it started. DOMINIONATED is its spiritual successor. Jim currently serves as a Polaris Music Prize jurist and Prism Prize jurist.
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