The summer anthem yields to ritual. An tireless spawn of musical ambrosia, its lineage widens from slowburners like Janet Jackson’s “That’s The Way Love Goes”( 1993) to the arena-scale decadence of Rihanna’s “Umbrella”( 2007) and Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”( 2010 ). But while the end ensue differs each time, the summer anthem usually and above all embodies renovation: age-old frames made anew.
Consider Childish Gambino’s “Summer Magic” and “Feels Like Summer, ” two bright gumdrops that summon the nostalgia of the season and further play into Donald Glover’s emergence as a self-styled enchanter. Issued Wednesday on Spotify as the EP Summer Pack, the objective is dreamlike psalms about the geography of intrigue and yearn: for love, for a better world-wide. “Oh I know you know my pain/ I’m hoping that this world will change, but it just seems the same, ” he sings on “Feels Like Summer, ” which could just as readily be a comment on global warming.( In the second poem he offers: “Every day gets hotter than the one before/ Extending out of liquid, it’s about to go down.”)