The title seemingly reflecting their career, Fade Away saw Best Coast continue their move further away from lo-fi summer pop towards a big budget '90s sound. It is a worthy addition to their catalogue however stylistically sitting somewhere between their two albums and though influenced by esoteric acts such as My Bloody Valentine and Mazzy Star, coming across more like the Californian pop peddled by the likes of Hole and Four Non Blondes.
Vinyl 12" £11.49 JWCY001VL1
12" EP on Jewel City.
Bethany Cosentino and co are back this week with this seven-song mini-album on their own Jewel City label, with their sound expanded from the dreamy bedroom rock’n’roll of their solid debut to a thicker and more polished big budget sound with chunky rock guitars and big booming drums and vocals high in the mix.
It’s an effective ‘90sish collection of soaring Californian rock anthems but lacks much of the subtlety and charm of the early recordings; it comes across like a more bubblegum Tracy Bonham in the better moments, but with the clunkily written and overly present vocals it strays worryingly into compressed Lavignesque stadium pop syrup a little too much for my tastes. It’s stadium indie for people who sing along to CDs in their cars.
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