Beat Connection - Surf Noir

I’ve always subscribed to the theory that the more instantly catchy a tune is, the quicker you tire of it. Much of Beat Connection’s debut mini album supports this. Surf Noir, as part of the title suggests, appears to be conceived around summer, although there is no obvious dark edge, no stinging weever fish hiding in the sand just to make that trip to the beach a bit more interesting. 'Theme From Yours Truly', with its impossibly perky synths, is on initial listens as alluring as a glossy pebble, but subsequently becomes as attractive as a Prozac overdose. 'In The Water' introduces itself with seagulls and has percussion dangerously reminiscent of Friendly Fires’ 'Jump In The Pool', yet again its appeal nosedives with successive plays. There’s plenty here to suggest duo Jordan Kopolowitz and Reed Juenger have a knack for melody, but complexity and contrast, the stuff that keeps you coming back for more, so far eludes them.



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