The English garage-surf band Black Surf release the EP Let’s Pretend It’s Summer on the 26th.
Black Surf – Let’s Pretend It’s Summer – artwork
The opening track of the four – Sink is a fuzzy gauze of guitar and laid back melody inviting the listener to hang up their heels and create an oasis in which to enjoy the moment for what it is, rather than trying to strive for some-other moment in time.
Given the summer we have over here in the UK thus far, ‘Let’s Pretend It’s Summer‘ may well be all that will be possible for those on these shores. Lay back on the imaginary sunny beach and soak in the sounds.
Black Surf from Leeds in England is the alt-rock quartet of Ali Epstone (Vocals / Guitar), Phil Jones (Guitar), Tom Ramsden (Bass) and Mark Forster (Drums).
Growling bass precedes the undercurrent of sound that is Black Surf. A flourishing percussion dances around the room, whilst to two guitars develop and explore the themes, as the vocal lilts across the landscape and the various parts commingle to deliver an evocative out-put which fulminates of pent-up frustrations.
Black Surf is able to merge gravely scuffles with the layering of the guitars which are free to develop the textures, giving the music a defiant and well structured poise that plays well with the audience. Referencing of 80’s and ’90s indie-rock the quartet injects their own experiences to deliver music which has a multitude of points of interest.
Theoretically a band that could have formed a decade ago, the players decided instead to pursue their own musical projects, before coming together this year. They have been able to utilise personal bonds over the years along with their playing experiences to allow Black Surf to develop a confidence in each other and ease of inter-play, which gives the resulting music a natural connectivity with the listener.
Their début EP, an eponymous four-track, which is available through bandcamp came out on the 3rd.