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  • Audio CD (February 19, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Captured Tracks
  • ASIN: B00AIKWWF8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,339 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Clash The Truth
2. Generational Synthetic
3. Sleep Apnea
4. Careless
5. Modern Holiday
6. Taking Off
7. Shallow
8. Burn You Down
9. Birthday
10. In Vertigo
11. Brighter
12. Caustic Cross
13. Ascension
14. Crashed Out

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With a full time drummer (and co-writer of two tracks on the LP) Beach Fossils entered the studio in the fall of 2012 with producer Ben Greenberg of The Men. Instead of merely going from a "bedroom DiY" project to a "better fidelity studio project" the deliberate decision to work with Ben was determined to capture, if not in style, the spirit and enthusiasm of punk and aggressive music in general. To ensure that dynamic, the drums were recorded live in a room with Dustin on bass to give the album a driving and energetic force. Consider the titles "Generational Synthetic, " "Caustic Cross" and "Burn You Down, " it s easy to see how the record, while not a punk or post-punk record by strict definition, certainly nods to the first major influence of Dustin s creative spark. The first two notes of the title track that kick the LP off are a clear indicator of where his head was at.

The LP also sees Dustin stretching his songwriting muscles, with the acoustic Lennon-esque "Sleep Apnea" and the dreamy "In Vertigo, " which features the vocals of Kazu Makino (Blonde Redhead). During the recording period, the studio was flooded and destroyed by hurricane Sandy and the band had to relocate to another studio to finish the LP in earnest. It all came together when the work of legendary video artist Peter Campus was finalized to be featured throughout the release and on the striking cover. Clash the Truth marks a clear progression in the ongoing story of Beach Fossils. Drawing from the previous works melodic strengths and uncanny guitar textures emboldened by a sound closer to their energetic and cathartic live set, it s the clear next step in the trajectory of the band and the dis-association from the home-recording boom from which it originated.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Hubner on February 21, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Way back in 2010 Beach Fossils put out this lo fi gem of a debut. It sounded like it was recorded in a 8 X 12 space, Dustin Payseur accompanied by nothing more than the light of the day as it shone through the bedroom window. You got the feeling of genuine joy coming through each Byrds-y guitar note. It was a nostalgia trip that you never wanted to come to the end of. It was the sound of The Troggs getting mellow with Roger McGuinn. The vocals were blanketed in just enough reverb, the guitars were just jangly enough, and just enough sandy grit to make you question whether this was a modern record or some long lost nugget Captured Tracks reissued for us not in the know. Nearly three years, a couple singles and on e.p. later Payseur has followed up that debut with Clash The Truth. It's got the sheen of a full-on studio production, the heft of a full band, and dark undertones of a guy that has gone through a thing or two in the last 3 years. At first listen, you'll nod your head acceptingly. Maybe you'll wonder what happened to that little scamp that gave us such a rough-around-the-edges classic just a couple years ago. Then after the second listen, you'll want to listen to it a third time. By then, you'll be hooked.

Clash The Truth opens with the title track and it's a perfect opening to this record. The sonic difference is immediate. Gone is the sandy graininess. You can make a great indie album, even without the 4-track and third generation cassette, and Beach Fossils prove that within the first 20 seconds of this album. It's a driving track, with a solid rhythm section and a ringing guitar line as Payseur introduces us to the grown up Beach Fossils. When I first heard `Generational Synthetic' a couple months ago I wasn't sure what to think of it. It was in that grey zone for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack Tripper VINE VOICE on February 19, 2013
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Beach Fossils' 2010 self-titled debut was basically a one-man-show, with singer/songwriter Dustin Payseur handling all instrumental and vocal duties. The dreamy, surf-inspired sound that resulted provided a general template for short-lived Fossils guitarist Zachary Cole Smith's new project, DIIV, only way more stripped-down than Smith's band, with less pedal-effects and background atmospherics, and with more of a focus on the nostalgia-laced lyrics.

The general sound on 'Clash The Truth' is similar, but this time Payseur is working with a full band, and an actual drummer as opposed to a drum machine, giving the album not only a fuller sound, but one that feels like the band is playing live right in front of the listener, with few real noticeable overdubs or layering, though I'm sure there are some. The rawness, combined with much faster tempos, gives it more of a punk or post-punk vibe compared to their (his) earlier album and EP, though it's still dreamy at the same time. The vocals are more upfront in the mix as well, rather than buried under dense reverb, allowing the listener to better appreciate Payeseur's lyrics, which are more socially conscious and angst-ridden in general this time around, yet still personal, and occasionally even moving.

Nearly half the songs here sound like potential radio singles, but the ones that stood out to me the most include the insanely catchy "Generational Synthetic," an uptempo anthem which contains infectious lyrics that, when combined with the propulsive rhythm, will most likely become embedded in the listener's brain. The dreamy, piano-laden "Shallow" is in slightly different, hazier form than the one released on the 'Shallow' single last year, and alone is worth purchasing the album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Benson on March 14, 2013
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This record is a bit more upbeat/new wave then previous releases. Recording is more produced and refined, vocals a bit more pronounced - they're growing up a bit with this album. The opening song is definitely one of the highlights. I saw the band live right when this album came out and they played the first 5-6 tracks or so in order; great driving bass/drum rhythms and overall a lot of fun.
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By John Avila on March 1, 2014
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I love these guys. A little "Ventures" and "Ocean Blue" in the music make for some beautiful sounds. I don't care for the Shallow track from the Clash album as much as I liked the earlier single release from 2012 of same title (Shallow) - that version is a bit slowed down and makes for a real dreamy-sounding tune which is what they are all about. One of my favorite bands of today. Also check out Local Natives, Toro Y Moi & Small Black for more of this dreamy/ethereal sound.
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