I realize the whole point of offering a release in this genre is to craft a cohesive piece that resonates that relaxed flow from all angles, but while Astro Coast and Teen Dream saw their respective creators willing to diversify and keep things interesting, Beach Fossils make a point to keep their audible environment so consistent that the songs often bleed into the next without enough nuances to even alert the listener of the change. It's a laid back approach that is as atmospheric in its vocal delivery and simple in its instrumentation as it needs to be, but simply cannot differentiate individual efforts enough to keep the hazy vibes from being soporific. Songs like "Face It" will give listeners a bass line (that really remains the most intricate and interesting instrument throughout the entire EP) and a chorus that livens up just enough to make it the most impressive piece and really the only one worthy of note.
Between the simplistically delivered drum work and the deep grooves of the bass guitar throughout, it isn’t impossible to find traits to notice and become affectionate for in What A Pleasure's sound. It's just a shame that the likeable traits of Beach Fossils’ instrumentation cannot outperform the amount of tedium present in the vocal delivery and relatively bland guitar riffs. While it’s inappropriate to close the casket on Beach Fossils’ sound with all the potential laying underneath the dedication to this rising genre, it’s safe to say that What A Pleasure is an EP that, other than the bright qualities of the perky “Face It” and even the lazily, yet lovable “Fall Right In,” just won’t hold listeners attention long enough to remain relevant once summer arrives.
- What A Pleasure
- Fall Right In
- Out In The Way (feat. Jack Tatum)
- Face It
Buy it here.