by Zoei Nijjar
VANCOUVER – Three years after their last release, Beach Fossils is back with an album unlike their previous releases. Somersault is a dreamy indie alternative rock album with plenty of pleasant surprises along the way. After three years bouncing around studios in New York and LA working on their record, Beach Fossils finally released Somersault on June 2.
Somersault is the first Beach Fossils album that was made as a collaborative effort between bassist Jack Doyle Smith, singer and frontman Dustin Payseur, and Tommy Davidson. Davidson was hired in 2013 as a touring guitarist without much musical say. Over the phone, Davidson tells BeatRoute, “After a year and a half of touring and based off the band’s chemistry, we were always jamming out outside of the tour aspect. That’s when we realized; let’s actually take a crack at putting together a full album with collaboration. And that’s how Somersault was born.” The band’s hiatus served as a turning point for the group and sparked an era of musical collaboration that created the album. “It’s the first record that we put together from scratch, piece by piece with all of us in the room.”
Somersault is one of those albums you can listen to from start to finish without wanting to skip a single track. Each song features Payseur’s easy listening vocals, smooth instrumentals, and cleaner production compared to their previous, slightly more lo-fi albums. The album takes its listeners through a carefree and mellow journey, with a flute solo or a baroque melody here and there. Over the phone, Davidson tells us about the diverse range of music the Brooklyn based band pulled inspiration from. “We started digging into playlists and soundtrack music and compiled a big list of sounds that inspired us, and a lot of that was ’60s and ’70s soundtrack music. We are big fans of all music, especially hip hop like Wu-Tang and Ghostface and albums with samples that are chopped up from soul selections soundtracks from that era,” Davidson shares. “It was almost this idea that we wanted to make music that maybe the hip hop world could sample, we wanted to make nice clean loops that could resonate with people looking for something other than alternative rock or indie rock.”
Beach Fossils perform July 10 at The Biltmore Cabaret.Beach Foss, The Biltmore Cabaret