[Rice is Nice]
Summer Flake is the lush, harmony-laden solo project of Stephanie Crase, whose DNA runs through the best Adelaide indie pop of the last ten years – from No Through Road and Birth Glow, through to Hit The Jackpot and Batrider.
Reminiscent of her early work with folk vocalist Ellen Carey (Fair Maiden), Crase eschews her old minimalism for richly layered pop arrangements, shot through with perfectly measured hooks, crunchy fuzz guitar and her own ethereal vocals. Summer Flake’s debut album You Can Have It All is a seemingly effortless distillation of cold winter light, cheap tobacco, apple crumble and languid afternoons on the couch with the cat and mugs of hot milky tea. The ten tracks ebb and flow through the wistful carelessness of Adelaide suburban life, skirting the usual melodramatic tropes, carefully balancing smart, simple guitar lines atop the dreamy harmonies; a perfectly balanced record from a songwriter of rare maturity and humour.