NME (Magazine) - "A modernist alt-rock chill blows through it, but Surfer Blood's spirits stay cautiously upbeat, even indulging some Foals-y math-limbo guitar fripperies on `Other Desert Cities'."
Pitchfork (Website) - "[T]he record is not only surprisingly upbeat, but surprisingly clean-sounding as well."
Personnel: John Paul Pitts (vocals, guitar); Thomas Fekete (guitar); Kevin Williams (keyboards); Tyler Schwarz (drums).
Audio Mixer: Rob Schnapf.
Recording information: Echo Beach STudios, Jupiter, FL.
After their major-label dalliance with 2013's Pythons, Surfer Blood returned to their indie roots with 1000 Palms, a strictly D.I.Y. affair recorded in an attic studio above a doctor's office and the home of drummer Tyler Schwarz's parents. The album often feels more like a sigh of relief than a breath of fresh air; the band hasn't sounded this relaxed since Astro Coast, and at times, they come close to recapturing their debut's exuberance. "Grand Inquisitor" packs a lot into two and a half minutes, switching from washy keyboards to galloping riffs and stomping passages with the glee of the recently unshackled, and "Island" is a fine, if bittersweet, example of the fuzzed-out rock that made Astro Coast so winning. Later, "Dorian"'s smooth harmonies and sharp-edged guitars and "Point of No Return"'s intricate hand drums and percussion -- which feel like a throwback to late-'80s baggy -- show that the band can also embellish that sound in ways that feel mature but not staid. The sweet acoustic closing track "NW Passage" is another standout. ~ Heather Phares