ONE WE MISSED: Surf City; We Knew It Was Not Going to be Like This (Arch Hill)

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ONE WE MISSED: Surf City; We Knew It Was Not Going to be Like This (Arch Hill)

Because Elsewhere is a one-man outfit, "we" can't be everywhere at once -- and sometimes we are very elsewhere as you may see here -- so every now and again there will be slightly apologetic postings under the banner . . . One We Missed.

And given we thoroughly enjoyed the 2010 album by this Auckland band Kudos (see here) we do need to bring this album by Surf City to attention of Elsewhere readers.

If, for no other reason, that it steps past those Flying Nun references we made about that last review, and rather moves towards a band really finding its own voice in fizzy'n'fuzzy pop songs.

Yep, their ethos is still in that period we mentioned, but on this enjoyable album the parameters audibly shift (as the musicianship improves?) and we find them in more assured territory of their own making.

It hits some similar rolling grooves as their ancestors (The Clean obviously, a bit of Snapper too) but you sense the downbeat/upbeat pop-rock psych-ambience here is quite a leap forward.

And that from a band which was already very confident, despite those references and genuflections.

Yep, this is one we missed.

More fool us.

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