ALTERNATIVE

Best Coast

"Fade Away"

Producer: Wally Gagel

Label: Jewel City

Release Date: Oct. 22

Bethany Cosentino could probably write a mean pop-punk or alt-country record (there are hints of those styles here), but on her first self-released EP, she's content to stay the course of 2012's The Only Place. The choice for more mid-tempo, sentimental guitar-and-drums tunes about loneliness and heartbreak is a bit of a downer, but her hooks are as sharp as ever. -Chris Payne

 

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