December 4, 2012

Sound Bites: Beach Fossils, Cass McCombs and Ducktails

Beach Fossils' "Careless"

When Beach Fossils say they're going to do something, be sure to note that they succeed at following through on their word. Several months ago, primary songwriter Dustin Payseur told SPIN that their new album would see him rebelling against himself and attempting to "make something really noisy." We've had time to get use to the idea of hearing the jangly surfside pop quartet concocting the perfect storm with this year's sole single "Shallow," but now we can really hear the waves crash on "Careless," the reverb-friendly first listen off the band's sophomore LP, Clash the Truth. Really, this Smiths-gone-punk sound has been bleeding through their live show for awhile now, so it's nice to hear Beach Fossils letting themselves off the lo-fi leash. Clash the Truth arrives February 19th on Captured Tracks.

Cass McCombs' "Empty Promises"

In 2011, Cass McCombs had a pretty busy and public year with the release of two LPs and constant touring, but 2012 has seen the dusky singer-songwriter retreat back to nomadic, reclusive ways to work on new material. He recently resurfaced at a secret show in Park Slope, and is now gearing up for a short tour across the west coast where he'll be opening for the legendary John Cale. To let the word out, McComb's is offering up "Empty Promises," the B-side to his recent single tributized to alleged WikiLeaks source and U.S. soldier Bradley Manning. The spindling listen is a reassuring sign from one of AS' favorite singer-songwriters that plays like a quiet gallop toward his next destination. Here's hoping Mr. McCombs gets there sooner rather than later...

Ducktails' "Letter of Intent"

As we discovered by walking down "The Flower Lane," the title track and initial preview off the Domino debut from Ducktails (a.k.a Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile's side-piece,) the project has evolved far past hazy psych-pop bedroom recordings and into a full blown friend-enlisted band effort. "Letter of Intent" is another surprising new sound from Ducktails, not only featuring the boys from Big Troubles, but Oneohtrix Point Never mastermind Daniel Lopatin and his Ford & Lopatin co-conspirator Joel Ford offering up their synth and bass services, alongside Future Shuttle's Jessa Farkas on vox. Look for The Flower Lane on January 29th via Domino Records, with a guest-packed release show scheduled for January 23rd at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC.

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