If you blinked, you might have missed the recent release of Best Coast‘s Fade Away EP. The seven-song EP dropped less than a month ago from singer Bethany Cosentino’s new label, Jewel City. If you’re a fan of Best Coast new or old, there’s a good chance you’ll dig these songs– though they’re a far cry from Best Coast’s drone-lite (“Sun Was High (So Was I)” 7″ or “Where the Boys Are” cassette) and ultra-lo-fi (“Something in the Way” 7″) origins, none of these songs would have felt out of place on Crazy for You or The Only Place.
The first track, “This Lonely Morning”, is a catchy little earworm, and there’s something about the warmth of the chord progression that brings me back to what made Crazy for You so goddamn awesome. Yeah, the lyrics are simple (I wait for you to call but sometimes you don’t call at all/I wait for you to stay but sometimes you just go away) but if you’re expecting something cerebral from Best Coast…you’re doing it wrong.
This whole EP is worth checking out; I’m also digging the final track, “I Don’t Know How”, quite a bit. And contrary to what other reviewers seem to be writing, I don’t think this EP is especially dark–sure, it deals with loneliness and identity crises and what not– but young adult angst has been Best Coast’s main musical impetus from the start.
Listen to the whole EP below, and if you like it– buy it! Duh.