ON THE RCRD: Beach Fossils
On Clash The Truth, their second album, Beach Fossils ditch some of the youthful escapism for a more clear-eyed, socially-conscious worldview. Those jangly, heavenly guitars? They're still there, but this go-around there's more immediacy and a fuller organic sound. It feels like there's something on the line, so we got frontman Dustin Payseur to go On The RCRD and tell us about the joys of Miles Davis, his meditation aspirations and why the best artists sound lost in their own heads.
Life changing record for you was…
Miles Davis – The Blue Note And Capitol Recordings. I first heard this on CD when I was a teen and strictly only listened to 80's punk. It blew my mind and changed everything about the way I looked at music.
What people, outside of music, have influenced you over the last year?
Gilbert & George, Roy Andersson, Carl Sagan.
What did you learn about yourself and/or the world at large the last time you made a record?
It was a huge learning experience, and always is. Putting yourself out there, exactly how you were and where your head was at during a specific time in your life, it's totally bizarre. You learn a lot about yourself when you look back at what you've done and who you were. Every time I finish a record I step away for a bit and when I come back I feel like I'm a total stranger to who I was at that point.
What gift would you most like to possess?
Enlightenment through meditation. My mind wanders so much, I wish I could sit down long enough to see the beauty in how none of this matters. Complete universal neutrality.
What quality do you admire most in a song?
Power, passion, honesty. I like to feel that the artist was completely lost inside of their head.
What's your take on the music business in 2013?
The music business is a joke for the most part, but a small percentage of it is genuine. The musicians themselves are great. There are a lot of amazing records coming out this year.
Best instrument ever invented was...
I'd narrow it down to sitar, harpsichord, clarinet, cello, piano, harp, saxophone. I realized after saying that, I basically described "Journey in Satchidananda" by Alice Coltrane.