'Native Echoes' is the second record to come from Florida's chilled out garage rockers Beach Day, who make breezy music to sing to palm trees. Their tight surfer guitar work recalls a variety of catchy outfits such as Best Coast, Cults and Wavves, driven by a few chords, moving at a steady pace and settling in nicely under the sun. You don't have to live in Florida but it helps.
Tracks:All My Friends Were Punks Don't Call Me On The Phone Bf Fs I'm Just Messin' Around Gnarly Waves Pretty The Lucky One Fades Away Lost Girl How Do You Sleep At Night
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All the way from Hollyweird, Florida, here's Beach Day, who are rocking a similar laid-back and sun bleached garage surfpop sound to La Luz, or maybe Best Coast before she blew it and started making terrible radio-pop records instead. 'Native Echoes' is in fact their second LP, but the first I've heard. Sorry but there's just so many records I can't catch them all as they come out.
The formula's totally simple anyway, naive girl-group-inspired vocals with lots of call and response backups and ooh-oohs, shuffling mid-paced rhythms that dig in gently and keep going, and lovely nostalgic wibbly tones from the organ and guitar, which rings out with just enough gain to slightly distort and lots of reverb, there's even some kind of sleighbell action and nice drawn out fuzz guitar chords in 'BFF's', it's that kind of hazy '60s shuffle-pop.
When they up the tempo into post-grungey territory on 'I'm Just Messin' Around' and 'Pretty' I'm a bit unconvinced, but thankfully that doesn't happen often and they mostly stick to their strengths - dreamy slacker pop songs with that hazy '60s revivalist vibe. If you're lamenting Best Coast's change of style, though, this'll fill the hole.
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