Los Angeles, CA
Neko Case, She & Him, The Ronettes
Their full-length debut Crazy For You combines the singalong melodies of the Crystals and Ronettes with a rough-hewn indie sound.
It took a New York winter for singer Bethany Cosentino to truly appreciate California. Shortly into her first semester at NYC's prestigious New School, the lifelong Angeleno found herself fighting Seasonal Affective Disorder with megadoses of the Beach Boys and Girl Groups, the music of her homeland. She began to plot her escape.
Back in LA and armed with a new sense of purpose, Cosentino installed herself in her mother’s house to write. Ironically, what emerged were these deceptively simple hymns to the great indoors.
Cosentino called on former bandmate Bobb Bruno, a multi-instrumentalist with an experimental streak, to help flesh out the songs. Soon after, they entered the studio as Best Coast. On Crazy for You and an earlier EP, Bruno fits Cosentino’s plaintive Girl Group melodies to gauzy, midtempo arrangements -- bass, drums, and buzz guitar, heavy on the reverb. The result is a haunting blend of ‘60s pastiche and post-rock that Pitchfork calls “a meditation on the stickier hooks of classic indie pop.”