Casper Sun wants to be your soundtrack to late night drives and morning wake-and-bakes, even when the world feels like it’s ending.
Over the past few years, the Los Angeles native has built a hybrid sound pulling indie rock influences into hip hop sensibilities, but this July’s surprise EP, sad summer, is both his most fully realized and quickest to create.
“This EP was spur of the moment… even though “tite jams” was written last year, the other two songs were written in one week,” Sun says. “With the quarantine, lockdown, and prevailing racial injustice, this summer of 2020 isn’t shaping up to be something to look forward to. sad summer is supposed to capture this idea that yes, it’s going to be a sad summer, but we can get through it together.”
Made in the middle of working on his full-length debut, sad summer is both a timely detour and an apt benchmark for where Sun is taking the project, echoing the genre-blending confidence of contemporaries like Yeek, Brockhampton, and Dominic Fike. Similarly, sad summer places emphasis on being a visual project, arriving with visuals for “tite jams” that were filmed ahead of COVID-19 temporarily closing off Los Angeles’ beaches.
“I think a lot about this song and EP is just a cry for help from myself,” Sun adds. “I wanted to paint a dreamscape of sounds that capture the sepia-tinted world that we imagine summer to be, but I also wanted to tinge it with honest and blunt lyrics that evoke the situation we find ourselves in. Ideally, my music is for sad people to dance to.”