I have nothing to open this blog post up with right now but it feels awkward to just jump into a review without an intro. So– how about that weather, eh? Where’s the sun? Okay, is that enough of an intro? Why waste any more time. Beach Fuzz just released a new EP and I’m excited to check it out and see what this band is all about!
I started nodding along to the infectious beat almost instantly as Beach Fuzz’s perfect indie-pop sound took over my house. This opening track has a youthful feeling to it overall but there’s something mature and aged about the sound. That sounds like it may be a bad thing but I assure you, it’s not. There’s a level of caution and restraint felt in this opening track (titled “The Difference Between”) but also a feeling of perfection. Every note is perfectly placed and every word is held for just the right amount of time. Even as the sound expands with the addition of ornate embellishments from a keyboard (maybe it’s a keyboard?), there’s something so controlled and calculated about it that really stood out to me as I listened through this opening track. I may have never heard of Beach Fuzz prior to right now but this band absolutely has my attention now!
I couldn’t help but laugh as “Small Talk” started playing and I heard the first line- “Seems like all we talk about is what we think of this weather”. I swear, that was not planned when I wrote that intro for this blog but I see it as a sign of this being the EP for me to hear tonight. There’s still something infectious and almost dancey about “Small Talk” that feels leftover from “The Difference Between” and I still feel the perfect control that this band has but there’s something a little bit more playful about this track that made it an instant favorite of mine. Sadly, this track came to an abrupt end just as I was really getting into the different parts of it.
“Feels Like Forever” has a little attitude in it that I love. the vocals just seem to shift ever so slightly and bring a little more emotion to the table that I was glad to see. I’m not trying to say that the vocals were emotionless on the previous tracks but those emotions just stand out a little bit more during “Feels Like Forever”. I also really like the almost southern California tone that the guitar brings to the forefront in this track. I don’t even know if that’s the right description but, when you hear it, you’ll know what I am trying to describe.
With only five tracks on this EP, I was a bit surprised as “Memory Lane” played through its entirety in under a minute. Although a creative and fun track, I was left wanting more of this fuzzy and almost ambient sound that powered through my speakers for all of fifty-six seconds. Sadly, tine final track “Can’t Give It Up” went back to the sound that Beach Fuzz does so well but really didn’t show any hints to “Memory Lane”. I was only a little bummed because I really wanted to hear more of that sound from Beach Fuzz but it didn’t take long for “Can’t Give It Up” to make that disappointment disappear along with any stresses I still had clinging onto me from the long day.
Although this EP is quick, it really gives you a good idea of what Beach Fuzz is about while leaving you wanting more. I have no fears that we will all be seeing and hearing a lot more from this band in the very near future.
My Favorite Track(s): “Small Talk”
For Fans Of: Indie-Pop Vibes; Infectious Beats With Control
Dance-ability: 6 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie laid right under my desk; Autumn slept on the couch
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 7 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 7.1 out of 10
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