SURF CITY - WE KNEW IT WAS NOT GOING TO BE LIKE THIS (PF149)
New Zealand’s Surf City’s forthcoming album We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like 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.
Their debut album Kudos (released in 2010), enjoyed outstanding plaudits from the likes of Stereogum, who praised their “impressively assured sound” and “perfect 2-minute pop storm” whilst Pitchfork admitted “Surf City’s pleasure for pleasure’s sake approach already has me pining for more.”
We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This is in some ways a massive progression from Kudos, with richer context, deeper lyrics and a melancholy undertow.
01. It’s a Common Life
02. I Had The Starring Role
03. Song From A Short Lived TV Series
05. Claims Of A Galactic Medium
06. No Place To Go
07. I Want You
08. Oceanic Graphs Of The Wilderness
09. What Gets Me By