Pacific! – Reveries
Record Label: Astralwerks
Release Date: February 25, 2008
People must wonder, from time to time, how today's music would be influenced by having a prominent musician from previous musical eras in today's scene. How would today's music be influenced by having a guitarist like Jimmy Page playing in a popular band of today? Or if John Lennon were alive and active in today's music and art scenes. Well, a band like Pacific! takes on the idea of combining todays indie scene with the attitude and vocal harmonies reminiscent of the Beach Boys. Or, at the very least, Brian Wilson.
Pacific!'s Reveries, from Gothenburg, Sweden, is what you would get if Brian Wilson collaborated with the Shins or Death Cab for Cutie: songs that are very mellow with a sunny appeal. It's what you would listen to on a Saturday afternoon while having a few drinks on the beach and enjoying some time surfing. It's a shame a release that sounds like this came out as late as it did. It was only a few years off from being featured on the O.C.'s soundtrack and being Seth Cohen's second favorite band.
In fact, the whole record sounds like the backing tracks to an episode of the O.C. A song like “Sunset Blvd” gives the feel of sitting out at sea, pondering one's concerns and wondering why you've let it bother you for so long. And “Runway to Elsewhere” sounds like the chase music to a 1980's cop drama set on the beach. Regardless of the mood, urgency, or lack thereof, in each song, you can't help but think that each feeling is somehow linked to the beach, or at least a beach-style setting.
It should be noted, however, that this is an extremely relaxed record. This is exactly what you're looking to listen to for a quiet day at the beach. It's probably not intended for road trips, unless you're adamantly interested in putting the driver to sleep. And when you think the record can't calm down any more, the song “Love Isn't Always On Time” starts and knocks you out cold. And while the calm mood isn't necessarily a bad thing, after several listens, and a few naps later, you'll want to put on something loud, fast, and intense to wake yourself back up.
So, if your plans for this summer's beach party seem to be lacking a good playlist, be sure to check out Pacific!'s Reveries. It may not be the fast-paced soundtrack you're looking for, but it's sure to set the appropriate mood for those sea shore barbecues. And it'll help for that nap to follow. Now, in the words of Seth Cohen, “Someone's upstairs ordering things from L. L. Bean, so I gotta go.”