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Albums Of The Week: Beach Fossils | Bunny

The N.Y.C. popsters return to the bedroom on their lush & dreamy fourth full-length.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Bedroom-pop trailblazers Beach Fossils’ new album Bunny, is a triumphant return for one of the 2010s’ most influential N.Y.C. bands. Bunny delivers us 11 new classics — a precise blend of the dream-pop they notoriously pioneered, familiar post-punk vigor, and the sophisticated songwriting of seasoned musicians.

The record has Dustin Payseur’s most vulnerable lyrics by far. He’s pushed himself to be honest and give insight to his emotional world. From poignant words about a family member’s cancer battle, the joy of being a father, to smoking a cigarette out of a car window with friends, it’s the band’s most vivid and personal work to date. The songs reflect on depression, love, adventure, loss, mistakes, New York City, friendships coming and going — a mélange of granular pieces in the process of continuing to find yourself. Payseur’s collage-like lyrics communicate through tone and mood as much as narrative; New York poets like Frank O’Hara, Ted Berrigan and Anne Waldman were on his desk, as was the Tao Te Ching.

Photo by Sinna Nasseri.

Bunny continues the stunning evolution of Beach Fossils’ sound, pulling elements from the jangly melancholy of What A Pleasure EP (2011), the gritty, post-punk inspired tracks from Clash The Truth (2013), and the lush arrangements of Somersault (2017). Inspired by the psych-pop of early Verve and Spiritualized albums and perennial influences like The Cure, Wire, The Byrds and The Velvet Underground, Bunny was produced and recorded by Payseur himself, with Lars Stalfors (St. Vincent, Soccer Mommy, Lil Peep) mixing.”

Beach Fossils have spotlighted at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Primavera and Posty Fest, in addition to sold-out headline dates at venues like Brooklyn Steel, The Wiltern and Thalia Hall. The Other Side of Life: Piano Ballads hit No. 3 on the Billboard Traditional Jazz Albums chart and the band recently cracked two million monthly listeners and seven million monthly listeners total across all platforms.”


Photo by Matt Allen.
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