Hear Avid Dancer's Psych-Pop Nugget 'Stop Playing With My Heart'

A former marine and drum corps champ launches career as songwriter

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Avid Dancer is former U.S. Marine Jacob Summers Photo by Cara Robbins
Chris Martins WRITTEN BY
Chris Martins

Avid Dancer is Jacob Summers, a former U.S. Marine and a world champion at the art of rudimental snare drumming. While his first song ever, "Stop Playing With My Heart," certainly sports a steady rhythm, the focus here is on the bigger picture — specifically the way his bright vocals, swirling guitars, and buzzing keys evoke the psychedelic sound of Tame Impala, though somehow sent back to the '60s so all that soulful loveliness can rattle around in the heyday a bit. "You're the only one," Summers sings, "All the others are gone." Of course, if the Los Angeles-based Avid Dancer continues down this promising path, there will be a whole new batch of "others" to come.

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