David Alexander, better known as Summer Heart,
blends catchy lo-fi and dream-pop motifs that
capture the soundtrack of an endless summer.
Tastemaker blogs and mood-driven playlist curators
have loved his tracks for years, with Hype Machine
promoting him on ‘Nordic Spotlight’s Top 20 of
2016’ and ‘Hype Machine Favorites Vol.1’ on Spotify.
With the 2017 release of his new album, 101, his
Spotify profile is pushing 40 million plays, and his
Soundcloud is close behind at 10 million.
The new album tells the story of David’s love/hate
relationship with music, best expressed in the song,
“Love Affairs,” that acts as both a devotion to making
music and as a love letter to someone special. These
universal life experiences are musically infused with
nostalgia for days of summers passed. Lyrically,
Summer Heart songs touch on the transience of
summer and the fleeting relationships therein. Hints
of Washed Out, Blood Orange and Toro y Moi have
inspired David to refine chillwave sounds and polish
them into his own summerwave aesthetic.
On his shift from lo-fi to electronic dream-pop,
David says, “I’ve always been into electronic music.
Many of my very early Summer Heart releases
were 100% electronic. So, the sound of my album
101 is mostly due to my current influences, which
are leaning more towards the electronic. The lo-fi
sounds are disappearing because I am improving my
production skills, which make me more confident as
David assembled his song ideas for 101 on the
road and recorded them back home in Sweden. He
recalls, “I was in New York at the time, just hanging
out, visiting art galleries and exhibitions, watching
people, drinking mojitos and listening to music in my
headphones.” Summer Heart is a musical diary of
snapshots and memories from David Alexander’s