Seasonal listening is a beautiful thing. Some music is just inexplicably tied down to a time of year. Bon Iver is a fantastic winter artist. In the fall, it’s hard to beat Fleet Foxes or After the Gold Rush by Neil Young. When spring finally comes around, there’s nothing quite like The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds.

Now with the summer at hand, Suckers have managed to make a perfect EP for the season. I’ve always equated extremely happy music with the summer (see I’m From Barcelona or Voxtrot). But it isn’t the mood of Suckers EP that makes it a great summer record. It’s the magnificent songwriting and the gorgeous arrangements that really drive it home.

That’s not to take away from the elated feeling of “Easy Chairs,” but Suckers have crafted a near perfect EP. The four songs are all well-written and are each unique in their own way, but the way the EP flows together is stunningly good.

Suckers – “Easy Chairs” (from Suckers EP)

The group will be playing two dates here in Chicago – one on June 10 at the Empty Bottle with Pink Mountaintops, the other on June 11 at the Beat Kitchen with Elephant Gun. Here’s a list of what Austin Fisher of Suckers has been listening to.

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1) CAN – “Bel Air” (from Future Days) – “It’s very open and relaxing – it kind of winds along like driving on a country road. And the synthetic sounds used seem organic. I’ve been listening to it in the morning a lot.”

2) Yes – “I’ve Seen All Good People” (from The Yes Album) – “This always gets stuck in my head. The flutes are really nice, too.”

3) Tears for Fears – “Head Over Heels” (from Songs From the Big Chair) – “Probably one of my all-time favorite songs by one of my favorite bands; I listen to it all the time. Amazing melodies and dense, complicated arrangements that don’t sound over-stuffed or forced.”

4) Neil Young – “Helpless” (from CSNY’s Deja Vu) – “I love the low pianos notes.”

5) Wu-Tang Clan – “C.R.E.A.M.” (from Enter the 36 Chambers) – “I’ve been listening to this song a lot lately. The music kind of sounds like a big animal sleeping – big, heavy breathes.”

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