California Nights is a brighter, more sparkly, more sophisticated, more psychedelic Best Coast album across the board, embodying the rich lightness and stinging darkness of a California state of mind. The love stories Bethany spins on California Nights all detail the highs and the lows of relationships, similar to the juxtaposition of a the band’s native Los Angeles – a place tinted by candy-colored palm trees and pale blue skies while existing within the loneliness and desperation of waterless place.
More than that, there is a literal meaning to the record’s title – Cosentino is a well-documented insomniac whose creativity spirals out in the early hours of the morning, allowing her to write, undisturbed, the finest album Best Coast has made to date.
Brilliant Beast’s debut LP Dissolve rockets beyond the sonic landscape sketched out on their debut EP Where Do You Want (2013, Guilt Ridden Pop), leaving a tight collection of songs steeped in shoegaze and heavy fuzz. The ten songs comprising Dissolve find the band crafting darker, heavier, menacing tones to encompass the skeletons of the dual-vocal pop compositions of sister/brother duo Hannah and Jordan Porter. Anchored by bassist Mark Kartarik and drummer Eric Whalen, the songs on Dissolve speed along with kraut-like precision, mixing rumbling drone with crashing reverb and jagged riffs.