beach fossils entered the studio in the fall of 2012 with producer ben greenberg of the men. instead of merely going from a 'bedroom diy' project to a 'better fidelity studio project' the deliberate decision to work with ben was determined to capture, if not in style, the spirit and enthusiasm of punk and aggressive music in general. to ensure that dynamic, the drums were recorded live in a room with dustin on bass to give the album a driving and energetic force. consider the titles 'generational synthetic,' 'caustic cross' and 'burn you down,' it's easy to see how the record, while not a punk or post-punk record by strict definition, certainly nods to the first major influence of dustin's creative spark. the first two notes of the title track that kick the lp off are a clear indicator of where his head was at. the lp also sees dustin stretching his songwriting muscles, with the acoustic lennon-esque 'sleep apnea' and the dreamy 'in vertigo', which features the vocals of kazu makino (blonde redhead).
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