EDIT 23/04 video replaced with official copy
The video above leaked a while ago — a promo for the Beach Boys’ new single (the first in twenty years), with the band being interviewed over the track.
It’s *deeply* unimpressive, at least at first listen. Not terrible, but there’s no ‘there’ there. And hugely derivative — it’s Keep An Eye On Your Summer Dream, Midnight Cowboy, Because You Only Live Twice. If this is the song everyone’s been raving about, then the rest of the album is going to be pretty poor.
That’s Jeff Foskett doubling Brian on the verses. It’s done subtly, but it still sounds odd to me, like a Frankenbrian. It works — it’s what they did on a couple of tracks on Smile, too — but it confuses my ears as they try to decode which of them is singing. Doubt that’ll be a problem for the average listener, though.
Harmonies are nice, but there’s a *LOT* of Foskett in there and very little of anyone else. This could have been put out as a Brian Wilson solo track and from the evidence we’ve got here no-one would know any different (actually I *strongly* suspect there’s a middle eight that’s been cut out for this video, I’d guess with a Mike Love lead). In fact, from this I can’t pick out a single Beach Boy on vocals other than Brian, just a Wall O’ Fosketts. But I quite like Jeff Foskett’s voice, unlike many…
The production sounds like Brian rather than Joe Thomas, which can only be a good thing. No acoustic guitars with pickups, no horrible snare sound and ‘sonic power’. It’s the best *sounding* thing released under the Beach Boys’ name since at least 1979.
So, the glass is half-full. I just won’t know what it’s half-full *of* until the single’s actually out, some time in the next few days…