Beach Fossils revealed their album Somersault a few months ago, one that “captures flashes of life in New York grounded in personal experiences”, and one we simply can’t let go of.
The band introduced themselves via their self-titled debut in 2010, which set them apart from other lo-fi alternative options through faraway vocals and minimal fuzzy vibes. Somersault is the band’s first release since 2013’s Clash the Truth and the first release on lead singer Dustin Payseur’s new label Bayonet Records.
Standout songs include, but are not limited to, the harmonic pop gem “Saint Ivy” with Payseur’s biting political lines “wanna believe in America, but it’s somewhere I can’t find”. “Tangerine” is both intricate and relentless, featuring guest vocals from Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell. The driving bass introduction for “Down the Line” is enough hook us in and the proper single to begin with for die-hard fans of their self-titled. It’s the perfect bridge between the past and where the Brooklyn trio is right now.
We listened to this album in its entirety from start to finish, over and over again. The progression from the beginning of Beach Fossils, just seven years ago, is one to take notice of: the layered sounds are much more intentional and rich. It’s important to also notice that you can still sense the nod to their lo-fi launch, and that feels good.