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Astro Coast by Surfer Blood
Released: Jan 2010
Label: Kanine Records
They may be from Florida, but their "surfer blood" is strictly reserved for the music. Instead of riding waves, these indie rockers use swimming, floating and oceans as metaphors. They employ the West Coast breeziness of the Beach Boys, Weezer, the Shins, and a touch of Dick Dale to justify their name. Slinging intricate riffs around dainty harmonics (see: "Harmonix") and heavy fuzz ("Slow Jabroni"), they reference David Lynch ("Twin Peaks") and throw around Animal Collective harmonies and polyrhythms a la Vampire Weekend. It's hard to believe they cooked this all up in a college dorm room.
Stephanie Benson
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