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Beach Fossils
FILTER Grade: 80%

By Laura Studarus on March 13, 2013


Beach Fossils

As demonstrated by the battle cry/thesis statement “Generational Synthetic,” Beach Fossils’ second full-length Clash the Truth is a call to arms. Under a cover of guitars that wouldn’t sound out of place on albums by Wild Nothing or former bandmate DIIV, frontman Dustin Payseur bemoans apathy, coining the derogatory term “generation most pathetic.” Thankfully, his desire to preach never impedes the album’s listenability. Let’s address the two dreaded words: dream pop. Yes, Beach Fossils’ sophomore LP contains a healthy helping of post-punk-style fuzzy guitars and mumbled vocals. Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino even stops by for woozy duet “In Vertigo,” almost as though passing off the baton. Even still, the “dream” part is up for debate. Despite drawing on a teenage sense of possibility, Clash the Truth is rife with hard truths and anti-idealism. Combined with the head-in-the-sky ambience of the subgenre, the result is an album far more interesting and ambitious than mere nostalgia rock. 


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