Best Coast play hazy, sun-soaked indie-pop with hooks to burn 

According to an interview with Nylon last November, Best Coast members Bobb Bruno and Bethany Cosentino first met when the former babysat the latter years ago. Whether or not that's the whole, unadulterated truth, Bruno does seem to have a way of nurturing the young Cosentino in her songwriting endeavors. Bruno is something of a behind-the-scenes multi-instrumentalist, while Cosentino plays guitar and croons her breezy, pure melodies through a dreamy, sunshine-pop haze.

Truth be told, Best Coast aren't especially unlike other recent, much-buzzed-about, surf-influenced, chilled-out indie-garage outfits — Real Estate, Harlem, Vivian Girls, et al. There is, however, one key difference: Aside from the fact that Cosentino is a genuinely gifted and strong vocalist, it's her lyrics that seem to have gained the most attention. On their recently released full-length debut Crazy for You, the Best Coast frontwoman sings a lot — almost solely, in fact — about romantic codependence, weed, being lazy, weed and her cat, Snacks. And weed. The bluntly conversational subject matter — and recurring rhyme pairing of "lazy" and "crazy" — are pretty sure signs that Cosentino's game is all tongue-in-cheek and intended to be taken with a grain or two of salt ... or THC, depending on your taste. The sweet, borderline-cloying lyrics certainly help push Crazy in the direction they're leaning anyhow: hip, modern, lo-fi reimaginings of early indie-pop and twee artists like Television Personalities and the rest of the C86 family. Really, if you can handle a heaping helping of strange sugar, these melodies are completely worth it.

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