Song of the Day: Beach Fossils – This Year

photo by Evan Tetreault

photo by Evan Tetreault

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on The Morning Show with John Richards, is “This Year” by Beach Fossils, from the 2017 LP, Somersault, out on Bayonet Records.

Beach Fossils – This Year (MP3)Since their 2010 debut LP, Beach Fossils have quietly carved out a niche for themselves as a modern melding of the styles of kiwi pop (see: The Clean, The Bats) and dream pop (see: The Clientele). On Beach Fossils’s third full-length album, Somersault, the band reaches new heights in terms of songwriting clarity and maturity, their trademark hazed-out sound ebbing and flowing alongside collaborators like Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell and Cities Aviv. “This Year,” today’s Song of the Day Podcast, in particular finds Beach Fossils waxing nostalgic about past years, joined by an articulate, soaring string section which further strengthens the material.

“This Year” begins with softly jangling guitars, singer/primary songwriter Dustin Payseur’s voice sounding out amidst the haze. On the track’s chorus, Payseur sings “No, I won’t be there in time” as if with a knowing sigh, the track’s gorgeous melancholy mirroring his words.

Beach Fossils will be in Seattle on July 11th at the Crocodile, alongside She-Devils and Ablebody. For more information, here is the band’s website and Facebook. In the meantime, here is the breezy music video for “This Year.”

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