Music: Crazy for You by Best Coast * * * *
Published 27/08/2010 | 05:00
In an ideal musical universe, every summer should throw up a soundtrack from nowhere to nail those long and lingering evenings.
Last year, the admittedly twee but very fine power pop of New York band The Pains of Being Pure At Heart became the summer record closest to my heart.
In the summer of 2010, I think that honour should fall to this irresistible guitar-based garage group from LA.
Apparently, Thurston Moore and Bill Murray have liked what they've heard and you will too.
A simple but devastatingly effective appropriation of sunny surf pop and garage rock 'n' roll form the keystone of the Best Coast sound. And the unique voice of songwriter and front woman Bethany Cosentino make them a truly great find.
Even if you find it hard to stomach those so-hip-it-hurts credentials, such as being streamed exclusively on the Urban Outfitters' website, Best Coast pass the real litmus test on whether the tunes are any cop or not with flying colours.
The opening track and calling-card hit Boyfriend beautifully sums it all up. If you take to its subtle charms, you'll adore this album.
Like those other great American minimal rock bands Crystal Stilts and The Strokes, Best Coast is a destination you'll be returning to again and again.
Burn it: Boyfriend; Summer Mood; Each & Everyday; When I'm With You