Archive for Beach Pop

Best Coast / The Only Place

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The Only Place

The Only Place is the second studio album by American indie rock duo Best Coast, released on May 15, 2012 on Wichita Recordings. Produced by Jon Brion, the album features a more polished aesthetic than its lo-fi predecessor, Crazy for You (2010).

Regarding the album’s lyrical and thematic content, songwriter Bethany Cosentino noted, “It comes from a point of view of being very homesick and feeling like my feelings were all over the place because of the fact that I was so busy and scatterbrained and traveling all the time.”

The Analysis:

The Only Place—-From the onset, it appears to me that this favorite band of mine has taken a bit of a turn. Not concentrating as much on the low fuzz ‘beach-pop’, this release has an almost Country flair to it….but not in a bad way! This first track, is perhaps my favorite…as it shines with a nice gloss that makes me smile. This is so damn pleasant, it is hard to find fault with the whole damn thing. I miss the slight Alt feel of the previous release, but this is still stellar!

Why I Cry—-Again, can anyone find fault with this release? This is shiny and full of pop hooks. The vocal overlays that are throughout the song give the entire thing so much body…this is wonderfully warm, bright and sunny despite the somewhat downer lyrics…you can’t get past the shiny feel of the whole thing…polish away!!!

Last Year—-this has a really heavy 50’s Country lean to the entire thing. Makes me think of old-fashioned Prom songs from years gone by. I can almost envision the old 50’s tuxedos in my brain….the track paints a huge vivid picture…this is magnificent! “What a year this day has been, what a day this year has been”…..incredible!!!

My Life—-Returning to a more pop edge, the vocal layers on this track are fantastic…wondering how this band pulls this off live? This is so damn pleasant…depite the fact the the lyrics are rather dark. The music has a nice jaunty beat to it…making me smile….as the vocal wraps itself all around the music…this is bright…and brilliant!

No One Like You—-With virtually no b ass on this release, it is hard not to be bright and shiny! This is another of those tracks that from the very first listen made me think of old-fashioned 50’s school dances full of angst and revelries. This is just brilliant…the simple fact that they are making music like this in 2012 is remarkable….and doing it well is even better…I love this!!!

How They Want Me To Be—-Beginning a bit sedate and quiet, the track turns into a nice mellow interlude that allows you to sit back and actually catch every single word that is offered up. As the percussion enters the track it becomes a bit more lively, but there is an underlying sadness that makes you pay attention….

Better Girl—-Wow…..from the first guitar chords of the song…I fell in love. This is much more reminiscent of the first release….the vocal is so damn clear and the emotions are everywhere…intrumentally and lyrically. This is another of those favorite tracks of mine that screams sunshine and bright lazy days outdoors…..just wonderful!!!

Do You Love Me Like You Used To—-Another track that uses the magical vocal overlays to make you think about the fun Girl Groups of the past…this is full of built-in harmonies and a bright sunny sound. I love the retro feel to the whole damn thing…maybe that shows my age? This is brilliant…when the chorus opens up, the song becomes an entirely different animal…I love diversity!!!

Dreaming My Life Away—-Beginning much more gentle, the vocal has an almost slight echo to it that catches my attention right away. The drums are pretty fantastic on this song…I know this band has revolving drummers…but they should hang on to this one. This is not a happy song…but the poignancy makes it so attractive to me…another favorite!

Let’s Go Home—-This track returns to a much more jaunty and fun sound…the music is fast paced and bright as hell. I love this song!!!! The music is much more aggressive and the drums are surf all the way! This is what I have been waiting for…this is why I fell in love with this band!!!! Again……brilliant!

Up All Night—-Rounding out the release with a return to the pure 50’s sound that has carried most of this release, it only makes me sad it is the end and hungry as hell for the next chapter. There is a part of me that thinks this band could be very loud and aggressive if they wanted to be…for now…this is too damn pleasant to walk away from….I will be listening to this for a while…..

**** 3/4 out of 5

Wavves / King Of The Beach

Posted in CD of the day, music, random, reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 180000008-04:00 12 by marky7235

King Of The BeachWavves (pronounced /weɪvz/) are a lo-fi/punk/noise pop band based in San Diego, California. They are currently signed to Fat Possum Records.

Wavves released their self-titled debut album in 2008, subsequently drawing the attention of Pitchfork Media.[1][2] At the time, the band consisted of guitarist Nathan Williams and drummer Ryan Ulsh.

Their second full-length album, Wavvves, was released on February 3, 2009,[3]and was well-received by outlets such as Spin,[4] The Onion A.V. Club,[5] and Pitchfork.[6]

Singer Nathan Williams experienced a public breakdown as the band was unable to complete their set at the 2009 Barcelona Primavera Sound Festival.[7] Williams, who admitted he’d taken a cocktail of ecstasy and Valium, fought with drummer Ryan Ulsh and insulted the Spanish crowd, who then pelted him with bottles and a shoe. Apologizing for their performance, Williams admitted the next day that he was addicted to alcohol. As a result, the band canceled the remainder of their European tour.[8] Zach Hill, for the interim, from Hella replaced Ryan Ulsh as the drummer for Wavves when Ulsh quit the band. Two members formerly of the late Jay Reatard‘s band, drummer Billy Hayes and bassist Stephen Pope, joined Wavves in November 2009. [9] Williams also reported that an album featuring Zach Hill on drums is to be expected towards the end of 2010 along with a possible EP featuring Hayes and Pope. [10]

In fact, the third Wavves album, entitled King of the Beach, was released on August 3, 2010, by Fat Possum Records, and features the latest lineup of Nathan Williams, Billy Hayes, and Stephen Pope. The majority of the songs are written by Williams, with Pope contributing one song and Hayes contributing two. The album was again critically acclaimed, receiving positive reviews from the likes of Paste Magazine,[11] Dusted Magazine,[12] and The Onion’s A.V. Club.[13] The album received an average of 74 out of 100 on Metacritic,[14] based on 26 critics reviews.

In support of King of the Beach, Wavves has scheduled tour dates throughout North America beginning on August 2, 2010, culminating in a handful of shows opening for Phoenix and playing Austin, Texas‘s Fun Fun Fun Fest.

King Of The Beach—-This is a nice catchy combination of bright and shocking Beach Rock with a huge slice of Pop Punk thrown in between the slices of the bread. The vocal is a bit abrasive…not nearly as pretty as many of the surf/beach bands that have permeated Alt-rock as of late. What is remarkable is the contagious hook of the song, the sometimes spacy guitars and the remarkable surf styled bass lines that run underneath everything. this is pretty remarkable!

Super Soaker—-Gosh….this is pretty wonderful. The retro style of the guitar delivery is enough to group this with the best of the beach bands…the remarkable fuzzy delivery also ranks them right up there with most of the pristine innovative Alt rock bands on the music scene. The underlying feel of the song has a nice throw back sound…there are elements of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s etc…all rolled into three minutes of pure joy…I love this stuff!!!!!

Idiot—-Beginning with a rather maniacal laugh track, the song opens up with a retro sound that is just incredible…this is stand out track for me. I love the old sound of the song…reminding me of the more raucous sounds of The Beach Boys…this is self-effacing and hilarious, but delivered with a pop hook that you can’t get out of your brain. I am amazed at the talent of this band…this is incredible…noisy and beautiful.

When Will You Come—-This is wonderful…beginning with a nice heavy bass sound, some remarkable sleigh bell sounds and a vocal that is so removed it sounds like it was recorded in a different room, the song takes on the shape of a classic 60’s surf pop song that would have been huge in that decade. This is both innovative and beautifully retro…I love this new batch of music we have been treated to as of late…this pleases in every way. Genius!

Post Acid—-Indeed!!! This is a noisy, grungy guitar layered pop track that manages to get the point across in an incredible way. this is contagious, addictive and damn pleasant. even though the instrumentation can be abrasive, it is never at the point of obscurity or leaving you feeling irritated…this is remarkable….I love this band…time to investigate further!!!!

Take On The World—-This is another of those tracks that you are almost convinced was recorded at a different time and place. This has such a retro feel, but manages to stay relevant with the underlying guitar fuzz that runs through the entire song. The vocal sounds muted…but in a pleasant and retro way…this is masterful Beach Pop with a twist…sounding fresh, sounding old…but always relevant.

Baseball Cards—-This sounds like a huge mash-up of The Beach Boys, Jan And Dean and The Shirelles all coming together on a hazy Sunday afternoon and smoking dope and taking acid. This is a trip..a journey and an education. I love this lazy, breezy, trippy experience. A favorite of mine!!!!

Convertible Balloon—-The title of the song alone leaves you dumbfounded before the music even begins!!!! For me this is a trippy and fun little song that is nice to play when you are really fucked up but holds no real value outside of that. The vocal is pretty awesome…at times sounding like someone was sucking up helium…all in all this is nice, but not really a standout.

Green Eyes—-This is wonderful!!!! I love the vocal…this is full of that classic 60’s sound that bands like The Stone Roses managed to capture so well in the 90’s. This has a nice rhythmic instrumental track…the vocal is straight forward and delivered without effects or drama…this is pure pop mastery that should be heard by everyone in the universe….brilliant!!!

Mickey Mouse—-Wow….again!!!! This enters your headphones with huge layered sounds that remind you ALMOST of faux bagpipes….the vocal is recorded in a tunnel…just removed enough to be present but allowing the remarkable musical track to be the true star of the show. I waited a long time to get this CD…not wanting to give into chart pressure….I’m sorry for that…this is freakin’ brilliant!!!!!

Linus Spacehead—-Perhaps, for me, one of the catchiest and most accessible songs on this release, this is pure pleasant pop with huge vivid lyrics and interesting doo-wop style vocals that give you a really bright sunny feel. I have no words to describe to you the number of goosebumps that erupt across my body when I hear this song…this is well though out, masterfully delivered music that will be in my rotation list for a long, long time!!!!

Baby Say Goodbye—-Ending this release is a sad occasion for me…I have enjoyed every single moment of this CD. The introduction of a female vocal on this track really gives the song a nice throw back sound…this is remarkably poppy and full of all the sounds that made the 60’s pop scene so addictive…I am thinking I really need to investigate some of the stuff from that era…being born in 64, I missed out on a lot…time to go back and revisit some of this remarkable doo-wop stuff.

***** out of 5 [!!!!!]

Best Coast/Crazy For You

Posted in CD of the day, music, random, reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on 280000007-04:00 12 by marky7235

Crazy For YouBest Coast is an American indie pop trio based in Los Angeles, California, and is often categorized under the subgenres of garage rock, surf pop, and lo-fi. [1] The band currently consists of songwriter and frontwoman Bethany Cosentino, multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno[2], and drummer Ali Koehler, who officially joined Best Coast in July 2010 after leaving the Vivian Girls and performing as the band’s live drummer for some time.[3][4] Cosentino and Bruno met many years before forming the band, as Bruno was her childhood babysitter. [5] Their single “Boyfriend” was named by Pitchfork as a “best new track”.[6] The band is recognizable for their fuzzy, low-fidelity sound in the vein of surf rock.[7] Thurston Moore and Bill Murray are known fans of the group.[8] The band is signed to the label Mexican Summer. Best Coast has received considerable popularity on the indie scene with their 7″ singles and EPs, including Make You Mine and Black Iris. [9] The band recently released a music video for their single “When I’m With You.” [10] Their first album, Crazy For You, was released on July 27, 2010.

Boyfriend—-This is WONDERFUL!!!! Full of fuzzy reverb and a remarkable throwback sound that causes you to think of the girl groups of the 60’s, this is pop perfection. Although the layers of music are more pronounced, this is still a breezy pop concoction that will last well into February.

Crazy For You—-This is even more reminiscent of the groups I spoke of earlier. Much of the fuzzy sound is gone from the song and you are regaled with pure pop perfection. this is surf and beach inspired…reminding you of frolicking in the sun and sand while you are enjoying the first butterflies of wonderful love. this is excellent!

The End—-Brilliant…..this whole release just makes me feel sunny and carefree, even though much of the material is rather serious and of lost love and failed connections. The music seems to rise above the connotations and fills you with an incredible joy. This is so nice…I love the underproduced sound of the vocal and the slight fuzz to the music leading you to believe this was recorded in a different time and age.

Goodbye—-There is a part of this vocal that at times really reminds me of Courtney Love! I could really imagine her producing this type of music. This track becomes a bit more bombastic and noisy at times…reminding me also of classic stuff like My Bloody Valentine. I just love this whole new wave of surf pop that is popping up all over the place.

Summer Mood—-Exactly as the title says, this IS Summer Music….the type of stuff you listen to on the grass in the pitch black of a huge humid July night…losing yourself in the stars and the brilliance of a few carefree moments. This brings me such joy…wonderful, remarkable, genius!!!

Our Deal—-This is a slower paced almost 50’s style doo-wop track that fits in with the rest of this release wonderfully well. I’m telling you….this reminds me of Courtney soooo much. i love the hazy, fuzzy sound of the whole damn thing…literally losing myself in the gentle under produced sound. Brilliance!!!

I Want To—- Full of all of the sounds that have been so magnificent on this release thus far, this has a bit of a heavier bass track that plays really well with the sharp percussion that plays in the backdrop. This is magnificent…I’m so glad to finally have a whole release from this brilliant incarnation!!! when this song really opens up, the song becomes a huge rocking Beach song that will play for years to come!!!

When The Sun Don’t Shine—-With just as much fuzz as a lint catcher, this plays so well. the gentle oohs and aahs are magnificent…..the simple and catchy lyrics are all you need. this is uncomplicated, breezy and laden with a layer of dandelion fuzz that will set you to sneezing. Wonderful!!!

Bratty B—-This is a nice rollicking track that reminds you of a overplayed juke box song. wonderfully orchestrated and delivered with just enough sass to really get the point across, this is a very expressive band. This is brilliant! the sentiments and lyrics are relatable and the music is just plain fun!

Honey—-This is delivered a bit slower and with a deeper sound. The thing I like best are the constant little reverbs and oohs and aahs that run through the very backdrop of the song…this gives it that classic surf pop sound. This is incredible…peopl;e need to pay attention to this type of music…it is popping up everywhere.

Happy—-Much more rocking and moving at a nice pace, the band never looses the sentiment that it has maintained throughout the entire release. This is so grand, it is difficult for me to find appropriate words to really make it viable to those reading. You must hear this to really appreciate it…magnificent.

Each And Every Day—-Reminding me even more of the fuzzy period of British music, this is so nice that you will back this up a couple of times to let it really sink in…I know I did. This is wonderfully preformed…the fuzz is magnificently produced and the sentiment remains light and breezy. I love this stuff.

When I’m With You—-This is even more throwback than anything else on this release. This track has been floating around for a bit, but still sounds wonderfully fresh every time I hear it. This is one of those slow 50’s high school dance songs that every one dances to and makes out to…until it opens up and the poodle skirts and tux jackets begin flying as people shimmy back and forth across the dance floor. This is wonderful!

****3/4 out of 5