January 16, 2013

Sound Bites: Beach Fossils, Fear of Men and Youth Lagoon

Beach Fossils' "Generational Synthetic"

Beach Fossils' highly anticipated "noisy" sophomore effort Clash the Truth is still over a month away from seeing its release. We've already been given fair warning that they'll following through on their aspirations for aggression with early Recommended Listens "Careless" and "Shallow," and now we have no reason to doubt that's where the NYC quartet has sailed off on its latest listen "Generational Synthetic," a track equally spangled with repetitive post-punk bass lines as it is Dustin Payseur's forlorn vocal take. Clash the Truth is out February 19th on Captured Tracks.

Fear of Men's "Seer"

Rising UK indie poppers and BUZZSound rookies Fear of Men made a small dent on AS' year-enders by cracking into the 25 Best Songs list with the lush tearjerker "Mosaic." In 2013, they plan on releasing their debut album, but not before catching Stateside listeners up with their previous material with a collection of early singles entitled Early Fragments, due out February 11th exclusively in North America on Kanine Records. Drizzling an added bonus onto the comp for those already in know, Fear of Men are offering up the unreleased listen "Seer," another delicate track that swirls their gazing melancholia deep into the heart.

Youth Lagoon’s "Dropla"

Boise breakthrough wunderkind Trevor Powers and his lo-fi pop project Youth Lagoon are returning at the change of the season with the sophomore follow-up to 2011’s beautifully faded debut The Year of Hibernation when Wondrous Bughouse arrives on March 5th via Fat Possum. Our first taste is the six-minute long sprite, life-affirming bubbler "Dropla," a listen that aspires for a sound beyond the bedroom, yet stays on course with Powers’ twee sap. Youth Lagoon has also announced a short regional tour in support of Wondrous Bughouse next month, culminating in a giant date opening for the National at Brooklyn's Barclay's Center this summer.

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