Auckland’s shoegaze, two piece Surf Friends aka Brad Coley and Peter Westmoreland, are actual surf friends when they aren’t recording music together. Using just guitar, bass and drum machine, they create an impressively full sound, building poppy, burnt out, fuzzy melodies over driving psych/kraut rhythms. ‘Dreams Are Real’ reminds me of bands like Real Estate, Eddie Current Suppression Ring and Kraftwerk.
Limited cassette EP on Edils Recordings. Edition of 100 copies.
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"Please keep out of direct sunlight - I am sorry it's summer here". So said a note on a recent order we received from New Zealand. Yeah....and it's not summer here so at least we have no such worries about sunlight warping records. Also affected by direct sunlight are Surf Friends who are indeed surf friends from the northernmost outpoint of New Zealand - which is probably the warm bit. When not surfing they make the kind if clipped economical guitar pop that was invented by their forefathers such as the Clean and the Chills. This five track tape plays the same both sides which is perfectly fine by me as it means I can enjoy the songs twice.
Each track is a 3 minute piece of ragged pop with fuzzy guitars and what is either rudimentary drums or a drum machine. My favourite track could be 'See You' which has a lovely descending chord sequence and harmonies which could be described as insouciant in their slackness. The chorus bit is ace where they basically shout and slaver over the thing but the melody is so simple and effective that you have to try to sing along.
It's all produced in a charming mid fi style with lashings of guitars and sunny side up melodies. Fans of the great 80's Flying Nun bands asa well as newer pretenders such as the Prophet Hens should seek this out.
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