Misty Coast are a band whose name is inspired by the location of their hometown - the oft overcast mountainous, coastal town of Bergen in Norway. Their sound, however, is influenced by another coast - the psychedelic sounds of the west coast, Southern California. The Duo are made up of Linn Frokedal and Richard Myklebust of noise-rockers The Megaphonic Thrift. This is lo-fi sun-kissed and fuzzy minimalist psych-pop that the duo recorded quietly at home so as not to disturb their neighbours.
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Bands - if you want to ensure a review just name yourself after something I like. I only really picked this record out of the 200 or so in my review pile because I liked the image of a Misty Coast. I'm not sure if the band live up to their name or not but what we have here is an album that takes obvious influence from the more sonically daring shoegazers and kind of shushes it.
The band play quietly at home to avoid upsetting their neighbours and what leads to is a record that is more clear and less sonically distorted than many of their contemporaries but their melodies are still shot through with the woozy off kilter songs of the likes of My Bloody Valentine. They are keen on a surprise which is something I like in these days of album in which the map is laid out in front of you before you put the needle on the record. The lovely 'Trash Talk Smile' for example is a brief and sweet slice of surfy guitars and Lush-like vocals which tries several times to pull the rug from under you before stopping prematurely.
By concentrating on songwriting over sonics the band lay themselves out to be judged by the quality of their melodies and even though they sometimes fall a bit short this sugary compressed burst of '90s era shoegaze-lite is a very pleasant and dreamy listen. For fans of Beach House perhaps. Aha....
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