downey takes its name from the Southern California city Nogueiras grew up in. “It’s a good representation of where I come from, and it’s nostalgic for certain elements of the past while still being sad about them,” he says. downey is a compendium of glory days and melancholy memories, of hopes for a future already passed, and dreams that may still one day be realized. It’s the perfect summer record, but it’s also the perfect end-of-summer record: from the glorious, melancholic power-pop opener “After Your Legs,” to the energetic, full-throttle wonder of “Endless Scan” and the laidback splendor of “Shelley Duvall,” all the songs are inspired by Nogueiras’ personal memories, but have a universality to them, too.

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