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With their headline show at London's Oslo Hackney now sold-out, Beach Fossils have announced a second date at the venue on Tuesday 29th August. Tickets will go on-sale on Friday (2nd June) at 9am. Dates in Bristol, Birmingham and Brighton have also been added.
Their new album Somersault will be released on 2nd June on Bayonet Records. Charting into new musical territory with a refined songwriting style, Somersault captures flashes of life in New York grounded in personal experience.
Beach Fossils have shared their latest single from Somersault titled, “Down The Line.” The song features many hallmarks of Somersault - a buoyant bassline, a
propulsive, wayward guitar. Beach Fossils have charted into new musical territory with a refined songwriting style. On “Down The Line,” Dustin Payseur sings, “I don’t want your Wall Street
/ Don’t got no degree / Written on the concrete / A.C.A.B.” They’ve expanded their range both musically and lyrically. This is a band in bloom.
The song is paired with a video directed by Payseur and features the members of Beach Fossils exploring New York City after hours. Shots of McGolrick Park, the Williamsburg Bridge, the JMZ line and the sunrise loom large. The “Down The Line” video mirrors the band’s previous video for “Saint Ivy,” which pays homage to New York City artists. Somersault captures flashes of life in New York grounded in personal experience.
New single, “Saint Ivy”, taken from upcoming album 'Somersault', due 2nd June on Bayonet Records.
Last month, Beach Fossils announced their new album, Somersault, out June 2nd on Bayonet Records. Along with the announcement, they shared the lead single, “This
Year.” Today, they’re back with another new single titled “Saint Ivy.” It’s unlike any previous Beach Fossils’ material prominently featuring piano, strings and flute and politically charged lyrics
ripe for these times.
Accompanying the single release is a striking video directed by Joey Chriqui and Milah Libin (Princess Nokia “Tomboy”). The video pays homage to New York City artists. The featured dancers have all grown up through the NYC school system. Merrie Cherry is a Brooklyn-based drag queen. The directors and the band themselves are all based in NYC as well.
Directors Chriqui and Libin comment on the video, “In uncertain times, we turn to New York City as a reassuring look into the true diversity of this country. We set out to create a vision of
NYC that demonstrates a more honest and nuanced understanding of what it means to live here. This video represents the less visible places and characters that exist in beautiful harmony both in
this city, and in America.”
Beach Fossils encourage fans and viewers to make donations (if they are able) to two incredible organizations: National Endowment for the Arts and Center for Arts Education NYC (both falling victim in recent times to our current administrations’ budget cuts).
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS: http://hyperurl.co/NEAdonation
CENTER FOR ARTS EDUCATION NYC: http://hyperurl.co/CenterforArtsdonate
They want to make sure this video is a platform for people to be informed about the ability to speak out against the defunding of these programs, as well as collect any possible donations for their programs.
Somersault showcases a band in bloom. Charting into new musical territory with a refined songwriting style, it’s an album that captures flashes of life in New York grounded in personal
experience. The band’s self-titled 2010 debut established a sound that was both minimal and enveloping. With Somersault, the group’s first release since 2013’s Clash the Truth, Beach
Fossils have channeled years of experimentation into expansion and reinvention. Augmented with more complex instrumentation, including string arrangements, piano, harpsichord, flute, and sax, the new
songs offer multi-layered pop guided by sharp, poignant, and honest lyrics.
As the band’s first release on Payseur’s new label Bayonet Records, which he co-owns with wife Katie Garcia—the group made the most of their newfound independence, investing ample time in expanding its range both musically and lyrically. While Payseur handled the bulk of the songwriting duties in the past, Somersault is a true collaboration between the founding member and bandmates, Jack Doyle Smith and Tommy Davidson. The new songs speak to a more fluid, eclectic sound, filled with lush compositions formed by studio experiments and sampling of the band’s own recordings.
Flowing between shimmering compositions and immersive soundscapes, Somersault evokes the laid-back mood of a warm, breezy city night, the air crackling with humidity and excitement. These songs pulse and pull, capturing a blend of promise and heartache. It’s beautiful and layered, a refined, sweeping creation that threads together numerous styles, textures, and themes into a refreshing, singular vision.