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SomersaultThe long-awaited return of Brooklyn's Beach Fossils, Somersault showcases a band in bloom. Charting into new musical territory with a refined songwriting style, it's an album that captures flashes of life in New York grounded in personal experience.
As the band's first release on Dustin Payseur's new label Bayonet Records, which he co-owns with wife Kate Garcia - the group made the most of their newfound independence, investing ample time in expanding its range both musically and lyrically. While Payseur handled the bulk of the songwriting duties in the past, Somersault is a true collaboration between the founding member and bandmates, Jack Doyle Smith and Tommy Davidson.
Augmented with more complex instrumentation, including string arrangements, piano, harpsichord, flute, and sax, the new songs offer multi-layered pop guided by sharp, poignant, and honest lyrics. Orchestral pop gem Saint Ivy shines with plucked strings, buoyant basslines and a propulsive, wayward, guitar. Tangerine, a driving, tightly wound melody, rushes forward and briefly leaves the ground due to the gossamer guest vocals of Slowdive's Rachel Goswell. The cloudy, wistful Social Jetlag, bustling with samples of crowded streets, features the type of candid, off-the-cuff lyrics that make the entire effort immediately illuminating.
Somersault evokes the laid-back mood of a warm, breezy city night, the air crackling with humidity and excitement. These songs pulse and pull, capturing a blend of promise and heartache. It's beautiful and layered, a refined, sweeping creation that threads together numerous styles, textures, and themes into a refreshing, singular vision.1. This Year
3. Saint Ivy
4. May 1st
7. Closer Everywhere
8. Social Jetlag
9. Down The Line
10. Be Nothing
11. That's All For Now$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Clash The Truth (Awaiting Repress)Now with a full time drummer (and co-writer of two tracks on the LP) Beach Fossils entered the studio in the fall of 2012 with producer Ben Greenberg of The Men. Instead of merely going from a "bedroom DIY" project to a "better fidelity studio project" the deliberate decision to work with Ben was determined to capture, if not in style, the spirit and enthusiasm of
punk and aggressive music in general. To ensure that dynamic, the drums were recorded live in a room with Dustin on bass to give the album a driving and energetic force. Consider the titles "Generational Synthetic," "Caustic Cross" and "Burn You Down," it's easy to see how the record, while not a punk or post-punk record by strict definition, certainly nods to the first major influence of Dustin's creative spark. The first two notes of the title track that kick the LP off are a clear indicator of where his head was at.
The LP also sees Dustin stretching his songwriting muscles, with the acoustic Lennon-esque "Sleep Apnea" and the dreamy "In Vertigo", which features the vocals of Kazu Makino (Blonde Redhead). During the recording period, the studio was flooded and destroyed by Hurricane Sandy and the band had to relocate to another studio to finish the LP in earnest. It all came together when the work of legendary video artist Peter Campus was finalized to be featured throughout the release and on the striking cover. Clash the Truth marks a clear progression in the ongoing story of Beach Fossils. Drawing from the previous works' melodic strengths and uncanny guitar textures emboldened by a sound closer to their energetic and cathartic live set, it's the clear next step in the trajectory of the band and the dis-association from the home-recording boom from which it originated.1. Clash The Truth
2. Generational Synthetic
3. Sleep Apnea
5. Modern Holiday
6. Taking Off
8. Burn You Down
10. In Vertigo (feat. Kazu Makino)
12. Caustic Cross
14. Crashed Out$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Beach FossilsThe jangly, self recorded ramblings of Brooklyns DUSTIN PAYSEUR, BEACH FOSSILS offers hauntingly catchy tunes that blend the energy of an impulsive road trip with the melodious wandering of a lucid dream. Sun drenched riffs, kaleidoscopic rhythms and hazy lyrics saturate Beach Fossils first release, the albums carefree vibe is perfectly summed up through song titles such as Daydream, Vacation, and Lazy Day. Now flanked by band members JOHN PENA and SENNOTTBURKE, Beach Fossils turned out to be one of the most talked about acts at this years SXSW. UK touring plans to be announced soon. ...hints at nostalgia that goes deeper and more distant than a few summers past. Stereogum.1. Sometimes
4. Lazy Day
5. Twelve Roses
7. Golden Age
8. Window View
9. The Horse
10. Wide Awake
11. Gathering$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Texas native and Beach Fossils bassist John Pena began writing and performing under the Heavenly Beat guise in the latter part of 2009. John emerged from his bedroom after months of leisurely paced recording with a couple of tracks that would become his first release on Captured Tracks in the form of the 7" single "Suday." Being influenced by nothing in particular has payed off as many have had trouble pinning the sound down as anything other than "immaculately arranged and paced" and "attractive music for attractive people."
Thus again proving that just because you've heard a song by The Cure or Neil Young doesn't mean you have to ape it shamelessly to gain wide acceptance. Shortly after the release of "Suday," Heavenly Beat released the A-side "Faithless" for their forthcoming second single, igniting not only the blog world but the interest of the uninformed few who might have missed "Suday." By paying homage to no one but himself, John Pena's band has become one to watch in 2012. This, Heavenly Beat's debut LP, Talent, will be preceded by the album's first single "Messiah."1. Lust
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