In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino announced the follow-up to 2012's The Only Place would be coming out sometime early 2014. Earlier this fall, they released an EP called Fade Away on Cosentino's Jewel City label, which they consider the transition into their next album. This time around, without a record label over their shoulder, they begin recording in Butch Walker's Santa Monica studio this week.
According to Cosentino, the band already has a good amount of material written for the new album, which should last them a couple of weeks into their recording sessions. The rest of the songs, they plan to write along the way. She says she doesn't quite yet have a vision for the album, but will let inspiration flow during recording.
As for the sound she is after on the new record, she told RS, "I would say that this record, at least right now the way we've been demoing and the way I've been writing, is a lot more inspired by the Nineties and a lot less inspired by the Sixties. The first record was super Sixties, the second record was really Seventies and this one is going to be really Nineties. I don't know if that's because I'm obsessed with the Nineties, but I started listening to a lot of Nineties stuff when we did Fade Away and I was really happy with that EP and those songs. I felt like I wanted to almost do something that was an extension of that, almost like that EP is leading you in to our new record."
She also mentioned that with Walker's guidance, she hopes to make the album more pop accessible without fully departing for their indie sound. No news yet as to which label will put out the record, ("I would love to potentially explore doing the record myself and putting it out on my label Jewel City," she told RS, "but I'm not entirely sure if that's the way it will work) but she is pretty sure the album should be out by spring 2014.
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