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

 |   |  <1 min read

Surf City: Song From a Short Lived TV Series
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.

Check it out. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Citrus Clouds: Imagination (bandcamp)

Citrus Clouds: Imagination (bandcamp)

Recently Elsewhere has happily noted the resurgence of shoegaze . . . but this band which formed in Phoenix about five years ago has their own variant on that description. Their... > Read more

Elliott Smith: An Introduction to Elliott Smith (Kill Rock Stars/Southbound)

Elliott Smith: An Introduction to Elliott Smith (Kill Rock Stars/Southbound)

It seems curious that the intelligent, melodic and very dead Elliott Smith hasn't engendered a cult following: his albums were consistently good and the circumstances of his death (if it was... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

AFRICA EXPRESS PRESENTS TERRY RILEY'S IN C: Modern to ancient and back

AFRICA EXPRESS PRESENTS TERRY RILEY'S IN C: Modern to ancient and back

Many years ago someone told me a Chinese ensemble did a treatmernt of Terry Riley's cornerstone minimalist piece In C, "But the buggers didn't play it in C," he laughed. I have... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . WOULD YOU BELIEVE: Care for Pet Sounds inna English accent, guv'nor?

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . WOULD YOU BELIEVE: Care for Pet Sounds inna English accent, guv'nor?

In the second part of his 2002 autobiography 2Stoned, Andrew Loog Oldham – manager and sometime producer of the young Stones, founder of Immediate Records and more – wrote about the... > Read more