[The] Caseworker – Letters From The Coast

They aren't exactly mysterious, [The] Caseworker, they just spread themselves around a lot. With band members variously inhabiting San Francisco, Switzerland and rural England, they seem less of an actual band and more of an association bound only by their musicality. The twelve tracks on Letters From The Coast aren't obviously the result of … [Read more...]

The Beatin’s – A Little Give And Take

Ironic west-coast LSD-induced americana? I never imagined fitting those words together, but when you listen to The Beatin’s’ debut LP, A Little Give And Take, that newly-invented subgenre seems oddly appropriate. On the first go, many listeners might not take to the album’s sixties vibe, in part because it requires setting aside expectations and … [Read more...]

The 88 – This Must Be Love

They didn't just fall out of the sky, The 88. Ever since their first release, 2003's Kind Of Light, the Los Angeles quartet has been fine tuning their quirky, verging on anthemic west coast pop sound, and unlike many of their contemporaries have chosen to downplay the edgier side of the late 60s/early 70s style they emulate, choosing to concentrate … [Read more...]