Beach Fossils: Bunny [Album Review]

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Beach Fossils
Bayonet Records [2023]

Beach Fossils, the indie rock band hailing from Brooklyn, has returned after five years with their fourth studio album, Bunny. Known for their dreamy and introspective sound, the band’s latest offering takes their signature style to new heights. Bunny is a dreamy, hazy, and ultimately uplifting album that showcases the band’s knack for crafting catchy, melodic indie rock. The album is full of lush guitars, flowing shoegaze, and frontman Dustin Payseur’s distinctive vocals.

The album opens with the track “Sleeping on My Own,” a slow-burning, atmospheric song that delivers a perfect welcome back to the classic Beach Fossils sound. Equally impressive is “Don’t Fade Away,” another dreamy and catchy song about the power of love. The album continues in this vein, with each song being as catchy as the last. Another standout track on the album is “Dare Me,” a captivating song that encapsulates the essence of Beach Fossils’ sound. The track features shimmering guitar melodies layered over a gentle rhythm section, creating a dreamlike atmosphere. Payseur’s introspective lyrics touch on themes of conflict, friendship, and the intoxication of new love, as highlighted by the lyrics: “Went to a party / Had to break up the fight / Then we took off / ‘Cause it messed up our night.”

Another highlight is the mesmerizing “Seconds,” a track that seamlessly blends elements of indie rock and jangly pop. The song’s infectious hooks and catchy chorus make it an instant earworm. “Seconds” explores the realization of loving somebody more than they love you, a relatable life lesson that resonates with listeners. The band’s ability to create music that is both accessible and intricately crafted showcases their now veteran status, making Bunny one of their best albums to date.

Overall, Bunny is a stunning album that demonstrates the band’s growth and maturity as musicians. Their ability to explore new musical territories while staying true to their core sound is commendable. Bunny is an enchanting album that solidifies Beach Fossils’ place in the indie rock landscape and is a must-listen for fans of their previous work as well as newcomers to their music.

“Sleeping On My Own” / “Dare Me” / “Seconds”

Slowdive / Real Estate / DIIV

Somersault (2017) / Clash The Truth (2013)

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