Faces to Watch in 2012: Pop Music, Classical and Jazz
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Best Coast( Andy Sheppard / Redferns )
The last 18 months have a been a whirlwind for Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno, who form the L.A. band Best Coast. They released their debut full length, "Crazy for You," on the humble Brooklyn label Mexican Summer in July 2010, and over the following months the record built up steam until it had become an underground touchstone, the kind that zipped from fan to fan without airplay or a viral video. Rather, "Crazy for You" earned its status through catchy,infectious melodies buried beneath layers of hiss and distortion that suggested the early work of the Jesus & Mary Chain but with classic, 1960's pop structures .
Best Coast has opted to follow up "Crazy for You" by enlisting longtime Angeleno musician-composer Jon Brion to produce. Brion, who's worked with Aimee Mann, Kanye West and Fiona Apple, is not known for tackling the brand of feedback-drenched pop music that Cosentino and Bruno have created in the past. So the potential for creative tension -- and expansion -- is high for the untitled follow-up, tentatively due in April.
-- Randall Roberts