California surf rockers Cayucas have been keeping our summer quite lovely. They dropped their delightful debut LP, Bigfoot, back in May and we’ve been dancing to it ever since. Last month, they played a headlining gig at Barboza in support of the record with JBM to much acclaim. But before they took to the stage, they had some time to swing by the KEXP studio and play a short set with Stevie Zoom to further showcase their pitch perfect pop tunes.
Zach Yudin has been working on perfecting the tunes on Bigfoot for a couple years now. From his early cuts as Oregon Bike Trails to the Secretly Canadian debut, we saw a great jump in scope and depth. Yudin has channeled the arrangement genius of the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and the bright, preppy fun factor of Vampire Weekend to make a record that you could listen to for weeks on end. But in the live setting, the thick, luscious arrangements are stripped away and we get to witness the raw power of these tunes as living beings. To no surprise, Yudin’s tunes maintain 100% of their refreshing power here in the studio.
If you haven’t checked out Cayucas yet, here is a perfect opportunity (and seriously, what have you been waiting for?). Watch the full Cayucas performance with interviews here, and watch them perform four songs from their debut record Bigfoot below. Bigfoot is out now on Secretly Canadian.