Sunday 1 September 2013

Coastgaard - Kings

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Either we've been missing something, or this is the first time we've heard music described as "neo-surf". As you'll be well aware there have been dozens of indie/lo-fi/dreampop bands making fuzzy indiepop with a slight surf edge to it, and most of them have "beach" or "surf" or "sea" in their names. So perhaps, after three or four years of existence in the public domain, this movement finally has a name. Coastgaard (yep, that's how they spell it) have a similarly coastal band name and are from the musical hotbed of Brooklyn. 'Kings' was their debut single, released a little earlier this year.

It fits in well with bands like Diiv, Real Estate, Best Coast, Surfer Blood and so on. It's misty, fuzzy, summery indiepop with classic melodies and the twang of surf guitars buried in the mix. Their debut album is also available now, it's self-titled and it's surprising it hasn't got more attention yet. Could we put this down to them arriving on the scene a couple of years too late? Maybe. But they seem to have the songs to transcend that, so maybe give it a few months, let word-of-mouth do its thing and then we'll be hearing their name mentioned a bit more regularly.

Coastgaard's website

Buy the album

Catch them live:

SUN 08 SEP Mercury Lounge, New York, NY, US
SAT 12 OCT Velvet Lounge, Washington, DC, US

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