Beach Fossils
Beach Fossils


3.5
great

Review

by Mike Allen USER (107 Reviews)
June 1st, 2010 | 18 replies | 7,247 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Who doesn't like summer music?

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Summer in the Albany area of New York State is not exactly the most glamorous or ideal location to spend the season. The city’s population pales in comparison to its giant neighbor to the south, with little excitement to be had in the surrounding areas. The ocean is an afterthought unless an extensive bit of traveling is done, while major sporting events are unheard of as the small city lies upwards of two and a half hours north of illustrious New York City. The area resides along the extremely flawed and quite frankly, disgusting Hudson River (thank you General Electric), with little notable surrounding bodies of water. With that in place, you are more likely to find us blowing all of our money at the racetrack or binge drinking than spending time on the beach. When it comes down to it all however, there isn’t anything to complain about. It’s ****ing summer after all, and the Beach Fossils’ debut has arrived just in time for the long awaited season.

The Beach Fossils’ self-titled record is in every way a testament to the very season it has been released in. Everything from the album cover, to the aptly fitting song-titles (Vacation, Daydream, Lazy Day, etc…) support this statement wholeheartedly, but seem secondary when it comes to the album’s sound. Beach Fossils is that type of record that puts you on the beach. Its lo-fi production and garage rock tendencies are not your typical hook-laden summer anthems; rather relying on a deliberately chilled atmosphere and minimal pop-appeal. Still, Beach Fossils seems to press all the right buttons when it comes to crafting a summer record. The release is very much a 1960’s surf-rock throwback; the guitars appear to directly correlate the work of Bob Bogel and Don Wilson of the Ventures, which appears to be the most formidable influence. Rather than cranking up the metronome in association with the thundering waves however, the Beach Fossils seem intent on keeping a low-key ambiance. Lead singer Dustin Payseur sounds as though he has been drowned in reverb and distortion, further providing the record with more originality and character. Payseur’s vocals adamantly reflect the vibe of Beach Fossils, as they so intricately meld with the tranquil instrumentation. It is the guitars however, which are most likely to leave the impression when it is all said and done; as this they have traded functions with the vocals.

Without a doubt the Beach Fossils have succeeded in crafting the very album that they set out to create, but are ultimately lacking in delivering an upper-echelon 2010 record. Beach Fossils is so cohesive that it becomes problematical for the listener to pinpoint highlights, which in this case reveals a record that is too same-sounding for its own good. With that said, the Beach Fossils’ self-titled release is one of the more intriguing albums of this year; a go-to record for those fulfilling their seasonal cravings. Beach Fossils is exactly the type of release which offers an escape route from the listener’s current location, bringing the beach to those of us that do not reside along it. So it’s time to grab that beverage, lawn chair, and ipod, and mellow out, man.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
EVedder27
June 1st 2010



6088 Comments


Yeah, I realize there are much worse places to spend a summer. The intro fit so I stuck with it.

Romulus
June 1st 2010



8423 Comments


So it’s time to grab that beverage, lawn chair, and ipod; and mellow out, man.


So I know nothing about semicolons but should there be one there?

Great review too, I will definitely listen to this in about two weeks.

EVedder27
June 1st 2010



6088 Comments


Thanks Rom. Maybe not on the semicolon. I seem to use them way too much and I'm thinking a comma will suffice there.

liledman
June 1st 2010



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good review man.

i got this ages ago and thought "hey maybe i should review this, seeing as nobody has heard it", but being so inspired by this album, i was too lazy and chilled to do anything.

Blindsided
June 2nd 2010



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review as per usual.
Will get man.

AggravatedYeti
June 2nd 2010



7684 Comments


nice dude.

EVedder27
June 2nd 2010



6088 Comments


Thanks guys. This is definitely a Yeti album.

timbo8
June 2nd 2010



618 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

quite enjoying this album currently

alachlahol
June 2nd 2010



7487 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

most of the songs do sound alike g there's no doubt in my mind this album could be one big song

AggravatedYeti
June 2nd 2010



7684 Comments


This is definitely a Yeti album

on it!

Ponton
Emeritus
June 2nd 2010



5790 Comments


Good review, Mike. I think I've missed the last couple of yours.

I gave this a stream last week and was thinking of reviewing it then, but lost interest. You covered it well

alachlahol
June 2nd 2010



7487 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this album would be ok if they actually sounded excited with what they were singing about

EVedder27
June 2nd 2010



6088 Comments


Thanks Jared.

Ala, that's a fair assessment I suppose, I can definitely see people thinking this is boring.

alachlahol
June 2nd 2010



7487 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

with lo-fi surf rock like this, adding some enthusiasm really goes a long way

Ghostyghost
October 29th 2010



18 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review! This album really grows on you. First listen I was fairly unimpressed, second and third listen I really
enjoyed it. However, that may just be because I am pulling an all-nighter with no caffeine. It's good when you are in a
trance-esq state.

Urethra Franklin
October 29th 2010



50 Comments


^^^ Totally agree with the trance-esq state comment. Over the summer these guys played at a bar in my area and I really dug them. Then again I was high, so I dug ever band that I heard.

Phlegm
July 3rd 2014



4400 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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BonzoDatShit
July 20th 2014



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LOL Beach Fossils

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