Release Date: Mar 1, 2011
Record label: Captured Tracks
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
If Beach Fossils' eponymous debut was the quintessential Brooklyn rooftop party soundtrack for last year, What a Pleasure is what happens when the party gets rained out. The band may not venture into genuinely depressing territory, but there's a wistful feeling that courses through it. On "Out in the Way", head Fossil Dustin Payseur and Wild Nothing's Jack Tatum sing in unison, "Everything feels different now here without you." The EP's final track is titled "Adversity".
Why did the Beach Fossils cross the road? Who knows, but the band certainly do some rather dangerous jaywalking between two major trends in contemporary music. One is the dreamy, reverb-slathered take on all that gloomy indie and power-pop music made about 20 years ago (a trait they share with bands like Wild Nothing and Twin Shadow). The other is their having a seaside-related name (a trait they share with bands like Wavves, Best Coast, and Surfer Blood).