Max Frost’s “Back In The Summer” is a breezy nostalgia trip to better, beachier times. The acoustic version of the song is supremely chill, and this composition benefits greatly from minimalism and a stronger melodic focus. Frost’s subdued vocal delivery lends itself to the melancholic atmosphere of the track, helping its backward-gazing message appear all the more poignant in uncertain times.
In comparison to the bombastic, high-volume nature of the original release, Frost’s acoustic rendition substitutes lush production for a greater emphasis on his songwriting and the timbre of his voice. The melody shines, especially in the pre-choruses, and the folky quality of this rendition lends it character and charm. Indeed, it feels as though Max Frost really comes into his own as a musician in leaving the big sound system behind.