Beach Fossils’ third full-length album Somersault out today, June 2nd on Bayonet Records, is a remarkable evolution of the band’s dreamy punk sound. All the elements that made the band’s self-titled debut, and 2013’s landmark Clash The Truth so well received are still present, but Somersault finds Beach Fossils successfully stretching their sea legs and swimming into a ich new sonic territory.
First, this is easily the best sounding Beach Fossils record to date. The low-fi vibe of their past releases worked well, but Somersault feels like a glorious HD Blu-ray upgrade. Every guitar strum, every kick drum, and well, the expanded roster of new instruments that we’ll discuss momentarily, sounds absolutely pristine. Frontman Dustin Payseur’s hazy vocals have never sounded better, mixing ridiculously well with the band’s exciting new string and woodwind arrangements.
Yes, Somersault peels back the guitar element of Beach Fossils’ trademark approach, yet introduces a whole new world of possibilities to their increasingly ethereal sound via strings, horns, flutes and keys. Album opener “This Year” serves as the perfect introduction to Beach Fossils fresh new deal. It’s a warm and upbeat number that builds to a crescendo of lockstep drums that would normally scream for some electric guitar theatrics atop of things but instead, the Beach Fossils crew zig left and drop some epic string arrangements that deliver maximum feelz.
“Tangerine” is another beautifully haunting track, featuring otherworldly backup vocals from Rachel Goswell of Slowdive fame. “May 1st” has the absolute best guitar tones on the entire album, along with a solid hi-hat groove and fantastic bass sound. The song transitions seamlessly into “Rise” featuring rapper Cities Aviv, a delightful spoken word track with downright seductive saxophone work. “Down The Line” is another highlight, bursting with gorgeous guitar melodies and an infectious ride cymbal that will get toes tapping well into 2018.
Somersault has a diverse sonic palette which might take some aback at first, but in reality, all of Beach Fossils’ rad new toys/instrumentation further accentuates the band’s iconic, dreamlike, hallucinogenic sound.
Beach Fossils have a show coming up in Los Angeles at the El Rey Theatre on July 6th. For tickets and additional information, click here!
To purchase the band’s new album Sumersault, click here!
Beach Fossils US Tour Dates:
Jul 06th El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Jul 07th Strummer’s Fresno, CA
Jul 08th The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
Jul 10th Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, Canada
Jul 11th The Crocodile Seattle, WA
Jul 12th Holocene Portland, OR
Jul 14th Neurolux Boise, ID
Jul 15th Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 16th Marquis Theatre Denver, CO
Jul 18th Meow Wolf Santa Fe, NM
Jul 19th Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
Jul 20th The Casbah *EARLY SHOW* San Diego, CA
Jul 20th The Casbah *LATE SHOW* San Diego, CA
Jul 21th FYF Festival JUL 21-23 Los Angeles, CA