Mystique is mostly missing from music these days, so the Summer Camp concept was beautifully designed. When this London duo harnessed the internet to broadcast their music but not their identities, the gossip grew as clamorous as the critical acclaim. Such expert buzz generation was the stuff of an NME journalist’s dreams – literally, in this case. Elizabeth Sankey, a contributor, turned out to be Summer Camp’s honey-toned chanteuse, while lo-fi troubadour Jeremy Warmsley – her beau – was the crafter of their woozy electro-pop. With ‘Ghost Train’ they emerged from the shadows with a deceptively complex love song, in which breezy melodies belied a vaguely edgy, narcotic atmosphere. It established the trademark: sentimentality and paranoia in equal measure, amid two contradictory impulses – nostalgia for classic ’60s pop, and enthusiasm for gadgetry. A retro band for 2.0 people? Call it mystique.
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