Nada Surf

Nada SurfNada Surf: You Know Who You Are (Barsuk Records)

LP | CD | DL

Out March 4th 2016

8/10

Pop-Rock stalwarts Nada Surf are back with their eighth studio album, You Know Who You Are showcases every element of the bands sound!

With over twenty years experience and now releasing their eighth record, Nada Surf are seasoned campaigners. However, the band still maintains their wonderfully fresh sound. With their beloved upbeat Pop-Rock remaining a firm favourite with so many, fortunately You Know Who You Are truly shows off every shining facet of Nada Surf.

Yet it’s track like Friend Hospital that show off the bands real strengths, somewhat downbeat yet Caws delicate and heartfelt words exude from the track. There’s a real tenderness to this track and that’s at odds with the more sprightly and excited tracks that surround it.

That’s where the brilliance of the album really lies, from the downbeat to the trumpet filled Out Of The Dark. This track compounds the more jovial nature of the band, with rousing trumpet solos coupled with Caws’ chirpy tone. You Know Who You Are really sees the band trying to expose every facet of their sound, with every track having something intently different yet no less compelling.

Animal being the perfect example gone is the blusterous brass, only to be replaced by a stripped back and a more raw sound. Once again with Caws’ sweet vocals being allowed to take the fore as his sincere words pour out of the track. Perhaps You Know Who You Are’s only downfall is that it covers too much ground, they flit from the bombastic to the dour in a matter of seconds.

It’s infinitely evident as the powerful barrage of sound that is You Know Who You Are’s title track comes crashing into view. From the gentile and laidback to a guitar driven onslaught the tempo rockets instantly, there’s a more urgent feel to the track with its fervent nature.

However, the album closes out on an amalgamation of the bands sounds, with Victory’s Yours there’s an intensity but it isn’t as overzealous as some of the other tracks. This track sees the band get the balance just right, it’s the perfect ending to an album that really does show off everything that Nada Surf have in their arsenal.

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Nada Surf can be found online here nadasurf.com. They’re also on Facebook and tweet as @NadaSurf.

All words by Lee Hammond. You can check out more work by Lee at his Louder Than War author’s archive, he also tweets as @Napzap.

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