Back in 2010, Best Coast somewhat begrudgingly became the de facto face of chillwave, thanks in part to the band’s impressive debut album Crazy for You. The record combined hazy lo-fi psych rock, with a healthy dose of 1960’s girl-groups and surf-pop, and made for the perfect beach album. With the unofficial start to summer this weekend, it seemed only appropriate that Bethany Cosentino & Co. are back with their sophomore release The Only Place. This time around the Los Angeles-based band got some high profile help from Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Punch Brothers, Kanye West), who produced the record, helping to give them a fuller sound, while still maintaining their decisively California influences (which is evident from the album cover, and a decent amount of Cosentino’s lyrics).
Lyrically, The Only Place features many of the same lovelorn themes as their debut, but this time around Cosentino is coming at them off her band’s quick rise to fame, and the many days and months spent on the road. Best Coast in the midst of a lengthy world tour, that continues tonight at the Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon, and also includes a high profile stop at the first annual Orion Festival in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 24. Last week the newly augmented duo stopped by the Ed Sullivan Theatre to play their album’s title track on The Late Show With David Letterman.