ON REPEAT: Best Coast Doesn’t “Fade Away”
Written By Julian Gonzalez
As the sun begins to fade, the bright traffic lights of Los Angeles peak through the fog taking over our city. The only thing getting me through this change in gloomy weather is the new mini-album Fade Away by California duo Best Coast. Fade Away is the first release off Jewel City, the new record label by Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino (named after her hometown of Glendale, Ca).
Fade Away is the follow up to last year’s The Only Place. Like The Only Place and Best Coast’s debut album Crazy For You, Fade Away combines 60’s surf pop, lo-fi, and indie garage rock. However, it differs from their first two records lyrically. On their first two records, Cosentino yearns for boy’s affection and how she feels sad about being alone. Fade Away, however, deals with the darker side of Cosentino’s existence with song titles that use words like “fear”, “fade”, and “crying”. Cosentino also worries about growing up and wasting time. On the song, “Who Have I Become?” Cosentino sings, “When did I wake up and suddenly my soul had grown so old?” At 26, it seems funny that she would be concerned with aging and how much time she has left. On, “Fear of My Identity” she sings, “Last 30 seconds I’ll wait for him” and “You taught me that my heart would grow old.” Cosentino said she was inspired by the likes of Mazzy Star, My Bloody Valentine, and Patsy Cline during the making of this album.
Best Coast is currently in the process of writing their 3rd full-length studio album and they’re set to go on tour with the Pixies.
Listen to “I Don’t Know How” Below!
Unlike the Los Angeles heat, Best Coast will not be fading away anytime soon.
Julian Gonzalez is a Valley-Based graphic designer, artist and writer. He loves cats, food, music, and anything free. You can follow his adventures on Twitter @NoHosFinestDime, but he does not tweet anything.