New Zealand psychgazers Surf City return with an album of sticky summer jams and fuzzy swirls and out and out dream pop blasts.
Harnessing the explorations of 2013's We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This into more focused packages, the group still delivers reverb-soaked joy at every turn. Adding in a return to their earlier efforts in crafting the perfect jittery motorik pop song, Jekyll Island finds the band at the height of their powers.
Centered around singer/guitarist Davin Stoddard's wry observations and sing song delivery, the record sees Jamie Kennedy increasingly pick up a guitar as well and add a welcome dimension of sunken melodies and lock step fuzz at all of the right moments. Mike Ellis and Andy Frost hold things together with a constant driving beat and rhythm that proves undeniable.
Following a wander around the globe landing Stoddard in the U.S., Mexico, India and South Korea, the band finally find themselves reunited back home and ready to blast out their unique blend of Flying Nunesque hooky pop smarts, Yo La Tengo loopy psych travels, Neu! krautrock, and a never-ending infectious layer of sun- drenched fuzz.
"Surf City’s pleasure for pleasure’s sake approach already has me pining for more." PITCHFORK
01. Beat the Summer Heat
02. Spec City
03. Jekyll Island (and the Psycosphere)
04. Hollow Veins
05. One Too Many Things
06. What They Need
07. Leave Your Worries
08. Indian Summer
09. Thumbs Up
10. The End
11. Jesus Elvis Coca Cola
Hollow Veins (Track 4) Spec City (Track 2)
For fans of:
The Jesus and Mary Chain, Yo La Tengo, The Chills, The Clean
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