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.

California Nights
(Harvest Records, 2015)

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

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Mélomane invétéré plongeant dans tous les genres et époques, Nicolas Pelletier a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts depuis 1991, dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur, dont il a également été le rédacteur en chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie "Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique" en 2013, lance le site RREVERB en 2014, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016. Il dirige maintenant la stratégie numérique d'ICI Musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada.