There are some songs that when you listen to, nothing can touch you. Every sad and horrible feeling you are carrying around fades away. A song that just becomes a part of you, a very important part of you. It doesn’t matter who sings it, just as long as you feel it.
Songs that take you away, I feel, are the best ones. Real life is dull and repetitive. How do you escape it? Through headphones. You take a song that whisks you away to some place so calming and your own piece of perfection. You can find it anywhere. You might already have that song, if you do then remember you can always have more.
For me, the song that sums up everything surrounding escapism and daydreaming is California Nights by Best Coast. It is 5 minutes of sheer bliss. I urge you to take 5 minutes out of your day to zone out and listen to this gorgeous song. I’ve been a fan of Best Coast for years, and I say with confidence that this is their greatest song to date. Their debut record holds a lot of sentimental value to me, but I am willing to move on from it and cling onto California Nights with all I have. It sounds nothing like their previous songs/records, but still holds firmly onto that beach/dream-esque atmosphere. Best Coast are a band you listen to when on the beach on a hot day with nothing else to do. Pretty hard to do that when it’s freezing cold out, so you play it on repeat and allow it warm your bones in the comfort of your own home.
Listen to it on the journey to/from work to imagine you are anywhere you want to me, place it at work, on your lunch break, before you go to bed. It doesn’t matter, all that matters is you allowing yourself to be taken on this ethereal trip that you don’t want to come back from.
I wanted to write a massive essay on how this song makes me feel and such, but my words will not and cannot do the song justice. I heard it last week and it’s all I’ve been listening to. It’s all I want to listen to. Some songs win you over instantly and become a huge and vital part of you, that’s exactly what California Nights has gone and done. It is one of those songs that reinforces your love for a band, for music.
Have it on repeat, and go somewhere nobody can disturb you.
“Best Coast are a band you listen to when on the beach on a hot day with nothing else to do…” L.A. in a nut-shell…
The new Best Coast album is going to be very interesting. It’s their first for a major label and the sound is following the progression from west coast surf pop of their first two albums to the more mature and introspective sound of the criminally underrated “Fade Away”. I don’t think I’ve ever heard Bobb Bruno be so understated yet so in control as on “California nights” and in case you didn’t already know it, Bethany Cosentino has the most captivating of voices and sure can sing.
They’ve also stepping up when it comes to tour venues (The Wiltern here in LA – tickets already booked :)),
I’ve been following Best Coast since they first burst on the scene here – it’s nice to see a band who’ve more than paid there dues catch a break.