Surfer Blood - Astro Coast

2010-08-30 09:23
 Mostly, it's Astro Coast's combination of old and new, its quirky lyrics and laid-back honest jams that grab your attention. Well... delicately caress it. There are moments that sound like Vampire Weekend. Moments that sound like the Pixies. Moments that sound like (blue album) Weezer. And an overall nod to the '50s pop melodies of Buddy Holly. But overall, it's a pretty original sound.

The refreshing thing about Astro Coast is its lack of desperation. Nothing sounds force-fed and unconvincing. Surfer Blood never sound like they’re trying too hard. They don't sound like a hip new indie band climbing the online cool ladder, one blog at a time - even though they are.

Potential single "Take It Easy" sounds the most Vampire Weekend, Afrobeat-ish, but the rest of the album's surprisingly old fashioned. The production, especially on John Paul Pitts’ vocals, is vintage-sounding and fuzzy, which works perfectly with the album’s why-so-serious outlook on life. Don't get bogged down by the hype; Astro Coast's an impressive first album that's fun to listen to. Optimistic and likable.

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It must be great to live in America, start an indie band, get on the Billboard 200 and play fests like South By Southwest. Better still, how about a batch of glowing debut album reviews from the likes of Spin, Q, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Sputnikmusic and whoever else will entertain a bunch of fun young indie kids pulling silly faces in bright coloured clothes. And these days, that's just about everyone.

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