The LA band Best Coast just scored a pretty good hit in the indie pop world with “California Nights”. Its 12 songs are all catchy, full of cool songs that make one bounce up and down. Tested on a teenager, she was already enjoying Best Coast’s songs right from the opener, Feeling OK. Grown-ups will also appreciate the album, as many songs are carefully crafted. The title song, California Nights, is a great example, with its ambient feel and strong vocals.

Agreed that lyrics are maybe a bit of teenage interest: stories of lost love (In My Eyes), self-consideration and questions like ‘what is life?’ (So Unaware) are regulars in the writing of Bethany Cosantino. This being said, Best Coast have the potential to become the next Dum Dum Girls or get closer to the art of songwriting that someone like Tanya Donnely or Kristen Hersh eventually (When Will I Change). Cosentino admitted The Go-Go’s, Gwen Stefani, and Sugar Ray influenced them in writing and recording the album. Musically this female-male duo have the rock punch and the pop hooks, well displayed on their third album, “California Nights”, released May 4th, 2015, on Harvest Records.

 

Alongside the singer Bethany Cosantino, a former child actress, Bobb Bruno handles guitar and all other instruments. The duo isn’t your typical Photoshopped pop band. They look like regular people, focusing on their musical talent, with some humor and self-mockery. And that’s refreshing in the pop world.

BEST COAST
California Nights
(Harvest Records, 2015)

-Genre: alternative rock
-Sounds like Tanya Donnely, Dum Dum Girls, Lana Del Rey

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Mélomane invétéré et rédacteur agréé, Nicolas pratique la critique en mode olympique: il parle de tout, tout le temps, depuis 1991. Il a publié 4 500 critiques de disques et concerts dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur en chef de 2009 à 2014. Nicolas a publié "Les perles rares et les grands crus de la musique" en janvier 2013, un ouvrage de 1250 pages en deux tomes.