On record, Philly’s Summer Fiction is a band of stylish arrangements and eclectic sounds, wistful love songs and breezy waltzes. Its self-titled debut made such an impression late last year that it cracked my best Philly albums of 2010 list. Recreating such lush music in a performance setting is no short order—the recordings are the work of over a dozen musicians—but, fortunately, Summer Fiction is an ace live band. The group of players that strolled into XPN studios last weekend was something of a who’s-who in the scene: Brian Christinzio (B.C. Camplight) on piano, Todd Zamostien (North Lawrence Midnight Singers) on electric guitar, Alex Yaker (Roomtone, The Yaker Brothers, ex-Grammar Debate!) on bass, Alec Meltzer (Yellow Humphrey, Papertrees,) on drums and singer/songwriter Bill Ricchini at the center. They took us on a tour of the album’s highlights, which are available below. You can hear more by tuning in to the Philly Local Second Shift on Y-Rock this Thursday at 10 p.m.; I talked to Summer Fiction about why its music always gets compared to French cinema, and how the band dynamic compares to Ricchini’s previous career as a solo artist. (You’ll also hear a snappy cover of “Who Loves the Sun” from the Velvet Underground’s Loaded.)Summer Fiction, The Key Studio Sessions
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