There's a reason that people are still wistful for the golden days of dream pop. Each year, music fans hold out hope for a new My Bloody Valentine record. They think that The Sundays might emerge from wherever they're hiding. These are the type of bands that NME used to champion on a weekly basis. Dream pop got it's name for a reason. The wash of sound can feel like the last moment of being awake before sleep sets in. That sort of ethereal, effects-driven, introspective music is the sort of thing fairweatherfriend do exceptionally well.
“You and I...” has a feel that would make anyone wondering when Ride will get back together happy for a little over five minutes. The layered vocals of “Fairweather Friend” over guitars play in concentric circles around each other, reflecting the uncertainty of the song’s narrator. These are songs that recall a time when indie rock songs could be anthemic and pretty — before it was even called indie rock, in fact — while still seeming modern enough to not seem dated. If you were still making mixtapes, these would be the songs in the middle of the second side, full of emotion and heart. The dream of being understood, of being known. That’s what these songs are about.
Somehow, fairweatherfriend have created a record that reflects their dream while sounding like yours.
released March 26, 2013
Recording Engineer: James George Tucson, AZ
Recording Assistant: Ryan Sunderman Tucson, AZ
Mixing: Steven LEE Tracy Glow in the Dark Studios; Atlanta, GA
Audio Mastering: Adam Boose Cauliflower Audio; Cleveland, OH
Vinyl Lacquers/Mastering: JJ Golden Golden Recording; Ventura, CA
Design & Layout: Andrew Ling itshailing.com
; Tucson, AZ
B-side Design: clamdiggin clamdiggin.com
Images: (front) Mark Newhouse, (inside) Sarah Trainor,
(back) Moriah Newhouse
Cover Church: Mission San Xavier del Bac
RIYL: Adorable, The Dears, The Depreciation Guild, Starflyer 59, Wild Nothing, and Verve