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Best Coast ‘Crazy For You’ – Review

27 Jul

Best Coast first caught my attention with the song ‘The Sun Was High (And So Was I) which I thought was one of the best things released last year. It was one of several singles that the band put out over the last twelve months, in the lead up to their debut album ‘Crazy For You’, which is finally released this week.

It doesn’t differ much from those early singles – this is straightforward pop music played with passion and energy. ‘Boyfriend’ and ‘Crazy For You’ set the tone early one with their sun kissed melodies and heartbroken lyrics and the band rarely divert from this classic formula. Twelve songs long, the album clocks in at barely half an hour and not a second is spared for so much as a guitar solo or reflective lyric. Best Coast live in the moment and for the moment, which is partly why this sounds like the diary of a typical teenage girl. Sample lyric; ‘I wish he was my boyfriend/ I wish he was my boyfriend/ I would love him till the very end/ but instead he’s just a friend’

At the same time it’s nostalgic music that harks back to an age that probably only existed on a hollywood sound stage, an age of Californian girls and long days spent on the beach. It could easily have been a cutesy pastiche but actually it’s pulled off very stylishly and it all sounds convincingly genuine. The grungy feedback and lo-fi undertones make this a more up to date and dynamic pop album than many of Best Coast’s rivals have made. ‘Goodbye’ and ‘Bratty B’ are two songs in particular with a spunky attitude that recalls Sonic Youth and The Ramones. Girl group harmonies and fuzzy guitars are hardly revelations if they are used effectively (as they are on this album) they still make the best noise known to man. There isn’t a song on here I would call a classic (except perhaps the bonus track ‘When I’m With You’) but this is a very likeable and refreshing debut album.

Best Coast have been a consistent pleasure over the past 10 months, their steady stream of singles certainly kept me happy and now we have an album that is equally as captivating. It isn’t deep, meaningful or particularly imaginative, but neither is it superficial, fake or boring. ‘Crazy For You’ doesn’t disappoint in the respect that it is a hugely entertaining record that I will probably listen to for as long as the sun stays out this summer, and maybe beyond.

8.5/10

Best Coast ‘Boyfriend’

29 Jun

Below you can listen to the brilliant new single from Best Coast, ‘Boyfriend’, taken from the album ‘Crazy for You’ which is out on July 27th.

Best Coast ‘Crazy For You’

9 Jun

Surely everyone know’s by now that I’m really looking forward to Best Coast’s debut album? Well now we know that it’s coming out on July 27th on Mexican Summer records, that it will include recent single ‘Our Deal’ and that it’s going to be called ‘Crazy For You’. Below is the tracklisting and head here to see the very cool album art (featuring Beth’s cat ‘Snacks’).

01 Boyfriend
02 Crazy for You
03 The End
04 Goodbye
05 Summer Mood
06 Our Deal
07 I Want To
08 When the Sun Don’t Shine
09 Bratty B
10 Honey
11 Happy
12 Each and Everyday

Bonus Track: “When I’m With You”

New Music Blast!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5 May

Ok, so a brief roundup of the best new music around, featuring new tunes from Pendulum, The Drums, Best Coast, Sleigh Bells, Kele Okereke, Kelis, Sonny and the Sunsets and Woods

SLEIGH BELLS – ‘TELL EM

KELE (BLOC PARTY) – ‘TENDERONI’

SONNY AND THE SUNSETS – ‘STRANGE LOVE’

KELIS – ‘ACAPELLA’

WOODS – ‘SUFFERING SEASON’

PENDULUM – ‘WATERCOLOUR

BEST COAST – ‘FAR AWAY’

BEST COAST – ‘OUR DEAL’

THE DRUMS – ‘FOREVER AND EVER AMEN’

Best Coast ‘When I’m With You’

15 Apr

Best Coast have gone and made a video for ‘When I’m With You’ and it’s a pretty good video for an excellent song. Still no news on the album to reportĀ  sadly although it will be out later this year.

http://www.mtvu.com/video/?vid=501225

TEN TO WATCH IN 2010 – #3 BEST COAST

20 Jan

Best Coast are a lo-fi pop band who sound a bit like The Ramones playing The Shangri-las or the Ronettes. There are a lot of bands doing exactly the same thing as Best Coast (you seemingly can’t move for a hip ‘no-fi’ band in the USA), but these songs are much higher in quality than most, probably because they rely on melody and joy over gimmicks and feedback. It will be fun to see if this singles driven act can come up with an album as brilliant as a song like ‘The Sun Was High and So Was I’.

http://www.myspace.com/bestycoasty

Best Coast

24 Sep

Best Coast are the fuzzy surf pop band from Bethany Consentino of Pocahaunted, and they are seriously fun. It’s hard to say much more about the group as seriously little information is available and their debut ep appears to be sold out šŸ˜¦ . What I do know, is that they are a great little pop group with some seriously catchy melodies and a charming aesthetic.

Their myspace has some great songs including the delightful beach boys sounding ‘Over the Ocean’ and the lo fi joy of ‘Sun Was High’. Most of the songs have a relaxed summer vibe which makes it slightly annoying that I’ve only just found out about them. They have a 7 inch out now which may or may not be sold out (more confusion!) but here is the info and a music video.

http://artfag.us/bestcoast/