Beach fossils most recent offering “Careless” is a more urgent and screeching understanding of their usual breezy New Order-on-a-surfboard vibe. It largely works very well, buoyantly propelling the listless vocals across the undemanding three minute running time. A particular highlight is the song’s coda that allows the lustre of the track to fade, leaving the washed out remnants of the track to burn out. As with so much of this sub-genre, occupied by Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing et al, the music treads a tightrope between genuinely affecting spacial guitar rock and white-washed ‘I Wanna Go Surfing’ inspired sunny advert music. Yet “Careless” has enough character and enough nerve to place it firmly in the former category. This is a promising introduction to Beach Fossils album ‘Clash the Truth’ which will be out Feburary the 19th.
Words: Angus Harrison, Manchester, UK