songs: "Swebeach" & "Cotton Skies" - Westkust
Ahead of their March 1st album release, Westkust unveiled two singles (“Swebeach” and “Cotton Skies”) and both are invigorating, dizzying doses of noisy pop. On these initial glimpses of their self-titled LP — released on Run For Cover Records — the band creates a controlled whirlwind of electrifying, hazy instrumentals. On “Swebeach,” the band enlivens the speed and tone of the single, allowing for cutting guitars to create heavy waves of feedback that serve as a continual surprising contradiction to Julia Bjernelind’s airy vocals. And while “Cotton Skies,” the album’s current single companion, leans more towards dream pop with initially breezy guitars, its stunning conclusion features unrestrained instrumentals that ring out endlessly into an abyss of their own intricate noisemaking. Both tracks leave you breathless, so it’s best to just close your eyes, and float off to wherever this one happens to take you.