CMJ Music Marathon 2014: PAWS, SPLASHH & DIIV @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
John Adams Conducts the Yale Philharmonia and Brentano Quartet

CMJ Music Marathon 2014: Beach Fossils, Small Black, Fiancé & Colony House @ Brooklyn Bowl

by Poppy Galloway cmj 2014 beach fossilsNewcomers to the music scene maybe not, but the pull of Brooklyn’s Beach Fossils was too strong to resist Thursday night at Brooklyn Bowl. Lush reverb, loose verse/chorus structure, catchy riffs and relentless yet unobtrusive drumming: it all makes way for that hazy soundscape that you can just check out in and sway a little. (In fact, singer-songwriter Mac Demarco was swaying right in front of me.) Some might say Beach Fossils' original lineup can’t be beaten, but they’re not trying to beat it. Just enjoy, relax, and kick back like you’re at a city beach listening to 'Careless'.

Tennessee rockers Colony House unfortunately proved they weren't the right support for the dream pop headliners. They were caught somewhere in between Coldplay and Kings of Leon: a barren wasteland devoid of any sort of life. Don’t get me wrong: they were tight, with strong vocals and catchy guitar melodies. The drummer had it going on. But, you wouldn’t go to a Slayer concert and expect to see Miley Cyrus supporting. Same principle here, except that Miley Cyrus rules

Small Black were unfortunately in the same boat as Colony House: good, just not what the crowd was looking for. The synth-heavy group are all dance pop and very fabulous, darling: think a less rigid version of Neon Indian but with girlier vocals. Check out ‘Breathless’ for a taste of what they have to offer. 

I was sorry to miss Delaware outfit Fiancé, because the recordings I’ve heard from them are actually really sick, and much more in touch with the vibe the audience were seeking. Check out ‘Era’ to get a sense of their hazy, laid-back dream pop. 

More Thursday CMJ pics on the photo page.