Beach Fossils released one of my favourite records of 2011 with What a Pleasure and from that one of the outstanding tracks of the year in Fall Right In, despite changing drummers a mammoth 12 times in the months leading up to its release. Founded by Dustin Payseur in 2009, the group’s sound is a perfect combination of jangly guitars, hazy melodies and Payseur’s haunting vocals.
The addictive quality of the Brooklyn based band’s music and its ability to give you goosebumps whilst at the same time transporting you to dreams of carefree days in the sun, has gained them a dedicated following. Yet they have still to attract a listener base as large as their New Jersey counterparts Real Estate; whose commercial appeal has increased dramatically since signing with Domino Records for their second album Days.
With their own sophomore LP due for release later this year, hopefully 2012 will see Beach Fossils reach a wider audience. In the interim, they have just brought out their latest 7″, which contains the beautiful tracks, Shallow and Lessons. Listen to the latter below and if you’ve yet to pick-up the 7″ or What a Pleasure, make amends and purchase both from the Captured Tracks store.
I’ve been listening to The Wake a lot recently and was pleased to find I’d missed Beach Fossils cover of their song Plastic Flowers which came out on Record Store Day 2011 as part of a series of Captured Tracks 7″ tributes to the Scottish post punk band. Check it out below and have a look at The Wake reissues the label have released.