Best Coast to Release "The Only Place" on May 15
Thu, 08 Mar 2012 11:05:12
Best Coast will follow up Crazy for You with The Only Place on May 15 via Mexican Summer.
While Crazy For You was a nostalgic tribute to teenage feelings, The Only Place finds front woman Bethany Cosentino starting a transition into adulthood. "I'm trying really hard to grow up," she says. "I'm trying to let go of my bad habits and the immature things I still drag around with me."
Of course this adjusting comes with uncertainty and self-doubt, two feelings at the emotional center of an album that also features a love song to her home state of California in the title track. All encompassed in the memorable album cover, derived from a 1913 sheet music illustration paying homage to the golden state.
As with all of Best Coasts previous recordings, on The Only Place, Cosentino handles all songwriting, lyrics, vocals and rhythm guitar, while multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno plays lead guitar, bass and drums. What's new this time is their decision to work with producer and composer Jon Brion. A revered figure in the music world, Brion has collaborated with artists including Fiona Apple and Kanye West and created the scores for such films as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Punch-Drunk Love. Recorded at Capitol Records famed Studio B, The Only Place features a cleaner and richer sound than other Best Coast releases. Many of the songs arrangements are detailed with subtle percussion and unexpected instrumentation. Intricate but never overworked, the biggest change from previous releases is how it showcases Cosentino's voice, this time letting it ring clear, unhidden by distortion and reverb.
Simultaneous with the release of The Only Place, Urban Outfitters is releasing a new collection of clothing designed by Cosentino. Announced via her Twitter account last week, the "Bethany Cosentino for Urban Renewal" Spring line was inspired by specific vintage items that Cosentino has found over a lifetime of thrift store shopping. Then each of the 12 pieces were altered with her ideas and specifications to make them more modern. If you opened my suitcase when I'm on tour, any of these pieces would be in it, says Cosentino. This venture marks a rare collaboration of this nature between the global retailer and a musician.
The Only Place features redone versions of several previously released Best Coast songs, including "How They Want Me to Be", posted to the band's blog last summer. Album closer "Up All Night" appeared on a limited edition 7" in 2010.
Meanwhile, "Dreaming My Life Away" came as an online bonus cut with the 2009 "Make You Mine" single.
01 The Only Place
02 Why I Cry
03 Last Year
04 My Life
05 No One Like You
06 How They Want Me to Be
07 Better Girl
08 Do You Love Me Like You Used To
09 Dreaming My Life Away
10 Let's Go Home
11 Up All Night
Those Darlins supporting:
7/09 Orlando, FL @ The Social
7/10 Miami, FL @ Grand Central
7/12 Atlanta, GA @ Variety
7/13 Chapel Hill, NC @ Cats Cradle
7/14 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
7/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
7/17 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
7/18 Boston, MA @ Royale
7/20 Montreal, QC @ Le National
7/21 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
7/23 Columbus, OH @ Newport Theater
7/24 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
7/25 Madison, WI @ Majestic
7/27 Chicago, IL @ Vic
Are you going to The Only Place with Best Coast?