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Beach Day: Native echoes (Kanine Records, 2014)

Beach Day decidieron continuar la fórmula que les dio resultados en su primer trabajo: un indudable sabor a Retro-Pop, esos pequeños muros de sonido acompañados de esas voces y coros propias del Girl-Pop y un inconfundible aroma a añejo. Mientras que dicha fórmula continúe funcionando, por qué no seguir con ella…

“After releasing an impressive debut, 2013’s Trip Trap Attack, that fused garage punk energy, girl group melodrama, and plenty of classic pop songcraft, Beach Day returned a mere year later with another fun and frolicsome album. Native Echoes doesn’t fool around much with the formula; the songs are still pretty simple, Kimmy Drake‘s strong vocals are still the focal point, and Jim Diamond‘s production adds a little bit of sweetening around the edges without turning the songs syrupy. The record may lack the raw energy of the first, but it makes up for it with better arrangements and a more focused approach. And some great songs. The first three are complete knockouts; the stormy pop of “All My Friends Were Punks,” the lilting girl group swagger of “Don’t Call Me on the Phone,” and the melancholy swoon of “BFF’s” are impossible to ignore, especially if you like your pop with runny mascara and big old hooks. The rest of the album has plenty of highlights too, the swaying prom rocker “The Lucky One” and the surfy, organ-filled “Fades Away” being the most notable. The starkly beautiful ballad “Lost Girl” is a beautiful feature for Drake‘s lovely voice too, showing that she could probably sing some “real” music if the garage pop lark doesn’t work out. On these tracks the duo of Drake and Skyler Black really seem to have a firm grasp on all the elements of making really good pop music. Unfortunately, the album is weakened by a few really duff-sounding songs that keep it from being the great leap forward it could have been. There’s really not much excuse for adding a song as rudimentary and silly as “I’m Just Messin’ Around” or as filler-y as the short surf instrumental “Gnarly Waves.” Subtract these two songs and bump up the fidelity of the album’s last song, “How Do You Sleep at Night,” and the album would have been a killer. As it is, Native Echoes is another fun-filled, slightly flawed garage pop album that shows lots of promise and almost delivers on it” (All Music)

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20 agosto, 2015 Posted by | Beach Day | Deja un comentario

Beach Day: Dracula´s daughter (Kanine, Single, 2013)

Beach DayCanciones para Halloween. Beach Day han tomado una vieja canción de Screamin Lord Sutch para adaptarla a su estilo que, dicho sea de paso, tiene mucho que ver con el Retro-Pop. Eso sí, los alaridos de Screamin´no son los mismos.

“Dracula’s Daughter” was originally recorded in 1964 by Screaming Lord Sutch, and written by Alan Zeffert & Tony Day. Beach Day recorded the song in North Miami with Kramer (Galaxie 500Low) and had it mixed by Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Dirtbombs, Sonics). Beach Day’s Kimmy Drake told Rolling Stone, “I wanted to record a Halloween song but didn’t want to do something too obvious, like Monster Mash.” She added, “Our drummer is mildly obsessed with horror garage music icon Screaming Lord Sutch, and when I found footage of Joe Meek and Sutch actually recording ‘Dracula’s Daughter,’ we both became enthralled with the idea of covering the song.” (Kanine Records)

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1 noviembre, 2013 Posted by | Beach Day | Deja un comentario

Beach Day: Trip Trap Attack (Kanine Records, 2013)

Trip Trap Attack

Un producto recién publicado. Evidentemente, porque suena a veranete, a frescura. Es el disco de debut de un trío proveniente de Florida llamado Beach Day. Es decir, que con el nombre ya se evoca prácticamente lo que vas a encontrar dentro del disco: Retro-Pop a saco, producción spectoriana del tipo Ronettes con momentos de garra Ramoniana intercalados. Es decir, una fórmula más que trillada a estas alturas pero que, para qué negarlo, siempre con resultados satisfactorios y agradables. Y en el disco aparecen cortes como Walking on the streets, Stay, Beach day, A little weird, Wasting all my time… para demostrarlo. 
BeachDayAunque no sólamente les salen canciones felices. De vez en cuando las chicas se ponen fieras (las guitarras y bajo las llevan chicas y la batería el chico) y se desmarcan con cortes como Boys, algo así como su visión del sexo opuesto. Por cierto, aderezadas con unas frases de Farfisa realmente memorables.
Alguna baladita de medio tiempo para no desentonar en el guateque: Seventeen, Come back to me… quizás con un sabor demasiado apegado al sonido clásico de finales de los cincuenta que nos descoloca un poco del tono general del disco.
E incluso en algún momento se olvidan de los sesenta para dedicarse al Pop con mayúsculas: Am I the only one o We´ve gotta go, sin ese tipo de clichés o referencias sonoras.
Los pros de Trip Trap Attack: que es un disco que está facturado con un enorme cariño y con verdadera frescura tanto en su interpretación como en su grabación (producción a cargo de Jim Diamond). El género, aunque trillado, siempre tiene aspectos y resultados positivos.
Los contras: principalmente ése, que nos encontramos ante un género demasiado pateado y utilizado por numerosas bandas y solistas y convenientemente ninguneado por los tres discos de She & Him, quienes se han encargado de banalizar un tipo de sonido con un gran encanto. En cualquier caso, un disco interesante con un montón de estribillos y de hooks que seguro que te harán volver a escucharlo más de una vez.

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Beach Day is another in a long line of bands looking to dig up the bones of the girl groups of the early ’60s and give them some new life. The list is too long to even get started on here, but let’s just say many have tried and relatively few have succeeded. The Florida trio’s first album, Trip Trap Attack, is a noble effort that gets them about 95 percent of the way to success. Subtract the dozy ballad that sucks up way too much oxygen and stops the album dead in its tracks, and a punchy little album full of super-hooky songs, pleasantly scuffed and simple musical backing, and Kimmy Drake‘s powerful vocals is left. It really takes off on the peppy rockers like “Boys,” “A Little Weird,” and the handclappy “Beach Day,” where the bandmembers bop and skip along happily, snapping their gum and daring the boys to keep up. They also show a little versatility by giving Northern soul a shot and nailing it dead on “Stay,” trying out some bopping new wave melancholy on the very Josie Cotton-sounding track “Am I the Only One,” and showing some admirable depth and soul on midtempo tracks like “Walking on the Streets” and “Wasting All My Time.” Jim Diamond‘s reverby but clean production really helps these songs stick hard and the simple guitar-bass-drums lineup keeps things well grounded. Unfortunately, Beach Day aren’t as good when they slow it way down on “Seventeen,” which lays the schmaltz on a bit too thick and gets perilously close to bar band territory. Things are much better on the album’s other ballad, “Come Back to Me,” which is much less predictable and features some excellent guitar work by Drake. Apart from that one stumble, Trip Trap Attack is a really strong record that sounds made for the beach, but also for anytime you want a blast of nostalgia that’s not too musty and has some modern kick” (AllMusic)

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10 agosto, 2013 Posted by | Beach Day | Deja un comentario

   

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