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Miracle Fortress – Maybe Lately

Miracle Fortress sounds like the name for a place in Adventure Time, the cosmic-psychedelic children’s television show I’ve never seen an episode of. It could also be the title of a redoubt that a very plucky army won a decisive victory in.

What it is, at least for this blogger’s purposes, is a band name. Miracle Fortress, whose groovy and accessible songs remind listeners of the Beach Boys. A band with a sound that suggests a quirky hypothetical: What if the Beach Boys never existed? Presuppose Fleet Foxes, MGMT, Tame Impala, you know, bands of a pop/folksy/electro tone, came together for a seaside bonfire?

Together, the best and worst elements of those musical acts would sound something like Miracle Fortress. Here’s “Maybe Lately,” a jam with summer vibes so strong it almost sounds like a Beach Boys knock-off. But that’s the case with music today anyway. Everything echos and repeats.

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Friday’s Song: Lia Ices – Thousand Eyes

This is that song.

You’re sitting down with a beer at a rooftop bar, or better yet, a garden patio, when you begin to notice a murmur in the background lilting your way. Soon, it’s encompassing, drawing your attention away from the group of friends or co-workers you’re seated with. More importantly, it’s distracting you away from your beverage. But the sun’s not in your eyes Ray-ban wearing amigo. It’s Lia Ices’ “Thousand Eyes” drumming in your ears.

Sidebar: Like many a babe before her, Lia is from New England. Oof.

Gooey, Sticky, Dirty

Some, like Ol’ Marilyn, like it hot. Lucky!

When it’s sweltering out and the flat you’ve rented is sans air conditioning, these three tunes are your companions through the dogged summer heat. Here’s to empathy and staying cool. Or, hot…if you like that.