SURF CITY

New Zealand psychgazers Surf City returned last year with their third LP on Fire Records – ‘Jekyll Island’. An album of sticky summer jams, fuzzy swirls and out and out dream pop blasts. This continues their love affair with psychedelic, reverb-swathed guitar pop, drawing from their Flying Nun forefathers The Clean and The Chills, as well as the fuzzed-up dream pop of The Jesus and Mary Chain and the loopy noise of Animal Collective. This time round the songwriting is stronger, the tunes are hookier and the sound is even more lush.

Harnessing the explorations of 2013’s ‘We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This’ into more focused packages, the group still delivers reverb-soaked joy at every turn. Adding in a return to their earlier efforts in crafting the perfect jittery motorik pop song, ‘Jekyll Island’ finds the band at the height of their powers.

Centered around singer/guitarist Davin Stoddard’s wry observations and sing song delivery, the record sees Jamie Kennedy increasingly pick up a guitar as well and add a welcome dimension of sunken melodies and lock step fuzz at all of the right moments. Mike Ellis and Andy Frost hold things together with a constant driving beat and rhythm that proves undeniable.

Following a wander around the globe landing Stoddard in the U.S, Mexico, India and South Korea, the band finally find themselves reunited back home and ready to blast out their unique blend of Flying Nunesque hooky pop smarts, Yo La Tengo loopy psych travels, Neu! krautrock, and a never-ending infectious layer of sun-drenched fuzz.

“New Zealand quartet Surf City have always sounded proudly aware of a well-honed strain of rock history, one that stretches from the Velvet Underground’s jangle through the homemade garage rock of their country’s most influential indie label, Flying Nun”Pitchfork

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