Earlier this week saw the release of Beach Fossils’ sophomore album Clash the Truth. The Brooklyn-based indie band, originally started as a solo-project by Dustin Payseur, displays an apparent evolution in Clash the Truth that holds true to their beach-infused identity, while straying from the one-sided, reverb-slicked tracks of their self-titled album in 2010. The album’s fourteen tracks seem to aim at making sense of the life and times of Payseur through a youthful scope. With that, Payseur’s lyrics have a sense of confusion and question to them like a college student who is undecided and clueless as to what major to declare.
Clash the Truth opens with the title track that is marinated in rebellious and youthful energy. Midway through, the song falls into a hazy, post-punk anthem; looping lyrics along the lines of, “dream – rebel, trust – youth, free – life, clash – truth.” The album progresses with a classic beach-y vibe that you can jam or drive to in singles such as “Shallow” and “Careless.” Clash the Truth features a handful adagio and instrumentals tracks like “Sleep Apnea” and “Modern Holiday,” which help structure the album in upholding a hazy but energetic vibe.
Most of the tracks featured on Clash the Truth are accompanied by Payseur’s classic flat and hazy vocals, all the while delivering instrumentation that seems to have grown with significant depth; showcasing more intricate layering and effects similar to the likes of fellow label-mate and former band-mate, Zachary Cole Smith of DIIV. There is a clear trend of sounds between two bands on the Captured Tracks roster that follows an aquatic, lo-fi line, but what is unclear is whether DIIV stems off of Beach Fossils or vice versa. All in all, Beach Fossils delivered an album that didn’t slump, but it doesn’t change the sea-band game either. Clash the Truth gets a 6/10.