all its strengths, it’s hard to tell exactly what Best Coast meant last year’s Fade
to be. In length and in spirit, it was somewhere between a long EP and
short LP. It could have been taken as a continuation of the reverb-laden surf
rock of their debut, walking back the mistakes of an underwhelming, over-polished
second record. Or it could have been taken as a tremendous leap forward,
displaying the duo’s best songwriting across its most versatile palette—sugary
pop, NyQuil-dosed shoegaze and even the Patsy Cline references they had tried
and failed to accomplish before.
whatever it was, Best Coast comes to Milwaukee armed with a lot more of it.
Lead singer Bethany Cosentino has said the duo intended Fade Away as a
preview to a just-finished but still untitled album projected for release later
this year. Seeing a band that has reached a new creative peak is reason enough
to catch the show, but the chance to hear the material Best Coast’s new
maturity has been leading to is nothing short of magic.