Surfer Blood, 'Astro Coast' (Kanine)

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by Marc Hogan

"Take it easy on me," frontman John Paul Pitts sings on two different songs from these South Florida blog favorites' wonderfully fuzzy debut. But Astro Coast can stand up to online scrutiny -- it's girls that keep Surfer Blood's reverbed indie rock jumping out of its skin. Not that you need notice the angst for all the crunchy riffs, sunny harmonies, inscrutable humor, occasional strings, and Afropop touches. Adolescent anthems like "Swim (to Reach the End)" and "Catholic Pagans" show latter-day Rivers Cuomo who's daddy.

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