[23 April 2010]
PopMatters Music Editor
On the strength of a few irregularly released seven-inch singles and online-only EPs, L.A.‘s Best Coast have been building up considerable buzz not only on the blogosphere, but even in the mainstream media, with glowing write-ups in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Indebted to the Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac, as the homages on the group’s MySpace site attest, Best Coast’s West Coast pop is mostly sunny with a touch of June gloom. While the band is most often mentioned alongside Vivian Girls and Dum Dum Girls, frontwoman Bethany Cosentino’s genealogy goes a little further back: From the tone of her voice to her songs about wanting romance without the baggage, Cosentino sounds like the little sister of Barbara Manning and Liz Phair, just more adventurous than the former and less potty-mouthed than the latter. The eagerly awaited full-length debut is due some time in 2010, but here’s the official video for the summery single “When I’m With You”.