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Postcard

Beach Youth

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While Postcard is the debut album of French indie pop group Beach Youth, it arrives eight years after they formed as students in Normandy and follows a pair of EPs as well as years of touring that helped focus their sound. That sound is a fetching mix of shimmery surf, Johnny Marr, classic indie pop, and dream pop influences perhaps most memorably illustrated on second track "Love Yourself II." It follows the druggy, airport-evoking, minute-long intro, "Love Yourself I," which serves to ask the question, "Why are you always so hard on yourself?" The band then launch into the effervescent Part II, whose brisk tempo, melodic guitar line, layers of strummed guitar, and tender vocals capture the romanticism of acts like the Field Mice and songs like the Cure's "In Between Days." Much of the album follows suit, with dreamy and melancholy yet energetic indie pop tunes, though Beach Youth stay clear of becoming too formulaic with tracks such as the slower, more eccentric "Around Me," which leans into the album's frequent seventh chords. Later, they take another breather with "Say Something," a nearly acoustic entry that goes without drums. Elsewhere, "Upside Down" is still jangly but poppier, not as dense, and reliant on punchy downbeats, an approach that befits its jaunty melody. It's a song that looks for solidarity in an uncertain world. While Beach Youth reside mainly in lush, enveloping, rhythm guitar atmospheres that complement their compassionate lyrics, the full spectrum of their sound makes Postcard a worthwhile destination for fans of any of their style inspirations.
© Marcy Donelson /TiVo

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1
Love Yourself I
00:01:00

Beach Youth, Producer, MainArtist - Gautier Caignaert, Composer - Simon Dumottier, Composer - Etienne Froidure, Composer - Louis-Antonin Lesieur, Composer - Nicolas Brusq, MixingEngineer

2021 Beach Youth Musique 2021 Music From The Masses - Shelflife Records - WeWant2Record

2
Love Yourself II
00:02:44

Beach Youth, Producer, MainArtist - Gautier Caignaert, Composer - Simon Dumottier, Composer - Etienne Froidure, Composer - Louis-Antonin Lesieur, Composer - Nicolas Brusq, MixingEngineer

2021 Beach Youth Musique 2021 Music From The Masses - Shelflife Records - WeWant2Record

3
Two Bedrooms
00:02:45

Beach Youth, Producer, MainArtist - Gautier Caignaert, Composer - Simon Dumottier, Composer - Etienne Froidure, Composer - Louis-Antonin Lesieur, Composer - Nicolas Brusq, MixingEngineer

2021 Beach Youth Musique 2021 Music From The Masses - Shelflife Records - WeWant2Record

4
Farewell
00:02:37

Beach Youth, Producer, MainArtist - Gautier Caignaert, Composer - Simon Dumottier, Composer - Etienne Froidure, Composer - Louis-Antonin Lesieur, Composer - Nicolas Brusq, MixingEngineer

2021 Beach Youth Musique 2021 Music From The Masses - Shelflife Records - WeWant2Record

5
A Changed Man
00:03:42

Beach Youth, Producer, MainArtist - Gautier Caignaert, Composer - Simon Dumottier, Composer - Etienne Froidure, Composer - Louis-Antonin Lesieur, Composer - Nicolas Brusq, MixingEngineer

2021 Beach Youth Musique 2021 Music From The Masses - Shelflife Records - WeWant2Record

6
Upside Down
00:03:10

Beach Youth, Producer, MainArtist - Gautier Caignaert, Composer - Simon Dumottier, Composer - Etienne Froidure, Composer - Louis-Antonin Lesieur, Composer - Nicolas Brusq, MixingEngineer

2021 Beach Youth Musique 2021 Music From The Masses - Shelflife Records - WeWant2Record

7
In My Chest
00:03:04

Beach Youth, Producer, MainArtist - Gautier Caignaert, Composer - Simon Dumottier, Composer - Etienne Froidure, Composer - Louis-Antonin Lesieur, Composer - Nicolas Brusq, MixingEngineer

2021 Beach Youth Musique 2021 Music From The Masses - Shelflife Records - WeWant2Record

8
Around Me
00:03:22

Beach Youth, Producer, MainArtist - Gautier Caignaert, Composer - Simon Dumottier, Composer - Etienne Froidure, Composer - Louis-Antonin Lesieur, Composer - Nicolas Brusq, MixingEngineer

2021 Beach Youth Musique 2021 Music From The Masses - Shelflife Records - WeWant2Record

9
Out Of Control
00:03:08

Beach Youth, Producer, MainArtist - Gautier Caignaert, Composer - Simon Dumottier, Composer - Etienne Froidure, Composer - Louis-Antonin Lesieur, Composer - Nicolas Brusq, MixingEngineer

2021 Beach Youth Musique 2021 Music From The Masses - Shelflife Records - WeWant2Record

10
Say Something
00:03:35

Beach Youth, Producer, MainArtist - Gautier Caignaert, Composer - Simon Dumottier, Composer - Etienne Froidure, Composer - Louis-Antonin Lesieur, Composer - Nicolas Brusq, MixingEngineer

2021 Beach Youth Musique 2021 Music From The Masses - Shelflife Records - WeWant2Record

11
Back Home
00:03:06

Beach Youth, Producer, MainArtist - Gautier Caignaert, Composer - Simon Dumottier, Composer - Etienne Froidure, Composer - Louis-Antonin Lesieur, Composer - Nicolas Brusq, MixingEngineer

2021 Beach Youth Musique 2021 Music From The Masses - Shelflife Records - WeWant2Record

Album Description

While Postcard is the debut album of French indie pop group Beach Youth, it arrives eight years after they formed as students in Normandy and follows a pair of EPs as well as years of touring that helped focus their sound. That sound is a fetching mix of shimmery surf, Johnny Marr, classic indie pop, and dream pop influences perhaps most memorably illustrated on second track "Love Yourself II." It follows the druggy, airport-evoking, minute-long intro, "Love Yourself I," which serves to ask the question, "Why are you always so hard on yourself?" The band then launch into the effervescent Part II, whose brisk tempo, melodic guitar line, layers of strummed guitar, and tender vocals capture the romanticism of acts like the Field Mice and songs like the Cure's "In Between Days." Much of the album follows suit, with dreamy and melancholy yet energetic indie pop tunes, though Beach Youth stay clear of becoming too formulaic with tracks such as the slower, more eccentric "Around Me," which leans into the album's frequent seventh chords. Later, they take another breather with "Say Something," a nearly acoustic entry that goes without drums. Elsewhere, "Upside Down" is still jangly but poppier, not as dense, and reliant on punchy downbeats, an approach that befits its jaunty melody. It's a song that looks for solidarity in an uncertain world. While Beach Youth reside mainly in lush, enveloping, rhythm guitar atmospheres that complement their compassionate lyrics, the full spectrum of their sound makes Postcard a worthwhile destination for fans of any of their style inspirations.
© Marcy Donelson /TiVo

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