Posted in Lo-fi, Post-rock, Screamo by Giri Nathan on June 30, 2010

Hi I am Giri I don’t like driving but I like listening to music while driving! And driving music is a unique beast. Plenty of people are content with the Shuffling iPod; I never really liked fiddling with the device at the wheel, since I’m a heinous driver as is, so I stick with the ancient relics known as “compact discs,” which seem to sound better anyway. Now as for what I put on those discs…

You can pretty much divide driving music into two categories:

  1. music that is good to drive to because it is good driving music
  2. music that is good to drive to because it requires careful single-minded listening

If you’re lucky, you’ll get both in one tidy package, though it’s a tricky balance. Here are some things I’ve been listening to while cruising through suburbia and getting bogged down on Route 1 for unreasonable chunks of time. But mainly the latter.

Beach Fossils (category 1)

I for one am totally content with the current trend of sun-bleached washed-out “so chill right now” lo-fi. It’s in no short supply these days, and I think these guys are among the best of that briny bunch. As for their what they sound like: they sound pretty much exactly like their name. This is kind of a feat in itself. Beach Fossils are like a salty breeze coursing over my windows as I roll through the streets of my decidedly landlocked town — they radiate jangly, surfy hooks that ride slow dull waves of reverb, inevitably cresting on that one pensive, plaintive note. Crisp and simple rhythms set a rather pleasant tempo for automobiling (ho ho) and while I’m in the car I can’t help but feel that the sunshine’s being filtered through my windshield and out of my speakers. Admittedly there isn’t much variety on this album, but it manages to stay fresh, almost paradoxically, by being so frickin’ tired-sounding. “Daydream” seems the obvious standout in terms of sheer catchiness, but I personally refer “Twelve Roses.” Whole album’s worth a spin though.

Daydream // Beach Fossils

Twelve Roses // Beach Fossils