It Still Feels Like Summer

If you were on the Internet on September 1st, you have probably seen Childish Gambino’s newest music video. The music video for his “Feels Like Summer” is ultimate ode to the hottest season of the year. Instead of the traditional fare of an artist lip-syncing to the music, Childish Gambino released an animated film featuring over 60 different Black celebrities. Many of them are engaged in the hallmarks of summer days like riding bikes, grilling in the yard, and eating ice cream.
In preparing to write this I found out that the animators specifically tried to emulate parts of East Atlanta and Dekalb County. I personally spent a lot of summers in that area and watching “Feels Like Summer” is an extremely nostalgic experience. People playing basketball in the driveway and riding their bikes up and down the streets were things that happened every day. However, there are bits and pieces that remind me of just being in tightly knit communities. People hotboxing in front of their house and braiding hair on their front porch. “Feels Like Summer” has so many memories of all of your favorite days that it seems like footage from your own neighborhood.
This feeling is amplified by the fact that the art style is very reminiscent of the 1990s or early 2000s, especially the look of Donald Glover. In addition, the colors are very faded and warm which evoke these very wistful feelings. Also, the video itself also has a filter to make the white lines that were so frequent on old VHS tapes. Every aspect was perfectly curated to make the viewer remember every romantic feeling they have ever had about summer.

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Andrew Walker Watson is a freshman International Studies Major. He loves Brazilian rap music, discovering useless facts, and, naturally, writing. If he could ever stop staring out into space, he would like to start a global movement to change the world and guest host Saturday Night Live.
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