Berlin Gig Forecast | Beach Fossils + Elephant Stone/Cosmonauts

Who | Beach Fossils

When | Wednesday, September 6

Where | Musik & Frieden

For fans of:  Real Estate, Toro y Moi, DIIV

Beach Fossils won the hearts of many with their lo-fi, dreamy-yet-high energy music, featuring Dustin Payseur’s reverb-drenched vocals. Fast forward eight years from their 2009 inception, and the Brooklyn outfit’s growth is palpable on their latest album.

Released in June on Payseur’s own Bayonet label, Sommersault reveals a band who’s committed to their sound, while in no way afraid to take risks. The general mood is breezy, and the production sleek; they sound much less rough around the edges. But for whatever Beach Fossils may have lost in grittiness, they more than made up for in diversity. The instrumentation ranges from steady bass/drums/guitar to chillwave piano, introducing interspersed flurries of steel pedal and strings. One song features shoegaze queen Rachel Goswell’s ethereal harmonies, and they’ve even thrown in a soulful, hip hop track featuring indie rapper Cities Aviv.

Sure, this might come off as lacking focus, but in a world where cultural relevance is increasingly fleeting, Beach Fossils have done a brilliant job of keeping us on our toes, ears perked up for more.


Who | Elephant Stone / Cosmonauts

When | Thursday, September 7

Where | Musik & Frieden

For fans of:  The Stone Roses, Cornershop, Tame Impala

Considering their band name (presumably taken from The Stone Roses’ third single), it’s no surprise that Canadian band Elephant Stone are making music which so closely resembles that of the Madchester scene in early 90s England. Combining melodic grooves inspired by bands like the aforementioned Stone Roses and fellow Madchester groups The Charlatans and The Happy Mondays, with sitar-driven psych-rock and electronics, Elephant Stone have melded their influences into a sound of their own. In 2015, the band teamed up with equal parts talented/notorious rock dude Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre and 8MM fame, basically making Berlin their second home.

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For fans of:  Spaceman 3, Spiritualized, The Velvet Underground

What do you get when you mix a bit of psych, a bit of garage, a bit of punk, and a bit of pop? Answer: Cosmonauts. The California trio cover the spectrum when it comes to musical influences, making them difficult to pin, but exciting to experience. Out last year, their fourth full-length, A-OK!,  reads like a Ramones album yet finds them taking on a dreamier tone. However, with lush, cavernous compositions and droning reverb, Cosmonauts still maintain their signature wall-of-cosmic-sound approach to songwriting, making them a force to be reckoned with.

 

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