Beach Fossils present their first recorded work since 2013. Somersault is a heartfelt indie album from Brooklyn, notable for featuring guest vocals from Cities Aviv and Rachel Goswell of Slowdive! Elsewhere, the band’s guitars etc. line-up is bolstered by strings, harpsichord and other lovely chamber instruments. CD and LP editions on Bayonet.
9/10 Clinton Staff review, 01 June 2017
Quite literally the summeriest album ever made. Of this years trilogy of summer jangle pop (Real Estate, Hoops and Beach Fossils) I'm starting suspect that the latter is the best. It has a beautiful feel from start to finish with gorgeous cascading guitars throughout and winsome melodies that recall the best bits of 80s indie jangle. However, there's something else at work here - baroque pop. There's more than enough nods to the likes of Beach Boys, Eric Matthews and the Zombies to suggest that this is not just another jangle pop record. 'Saint Ivy' is the one where all those influences come mostly to the fore with a delicious staccato melody in the manner of Brian Wilson but with that gorgeous hazy melancholy that Real Estate blueprinted but perhaps don't now execute as well as those who followed in their wake. The band are at their best though on the pure driven guitar pop. Both the chiming 'May 1st' and the twangy 'Sugar' are supremely confident takes on the genre full of lashings of spangly guitar and sad boy indie vocals.
The albums main strength is it's flow. Everything is good - I've searched hard and I can't find a track I don't like... yet conversely there's no standout either. They perhaps don't hit the dizzy heights of your Real Estates but this is a lovely flowing album start to finish. Everything is good. Absolutely perfect for warm sunny days.
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