This is a good, understated melodic, lo-fi-ish indie rock album.
I'm not much of a fan of "indie" rock these days - too much of it is horrible blokey-production-line landfill nonsense (like The Automatic - not to pick on them in particular, they're just an example of it).
This album, however, has swayed me back that way (just a little).
It's music viewed through a shimmery, summery haze. It has a slightly stoner-ish quality (though not in the sense of the equally excellent Holy Mountain
- it's a far lighter record than that). This is carried through on the (admittedly daft) song titles (Beach Comber, Let's Rock the Beach etc).
The vocals are understated, the guitar lines spiky on a background of dreamy and all enveloping ambiance with understated (read: indecipherable - haha, not quite, but certainly low in the mix) vocals.
It's not particularly ambitious music (haha...I've seen reviews that are particularly scathing on this point) both in sound and its themes.
It was released in November 2009, but I think some of the songs, Beachcomber, especially, are good lazy summer evening songs.
Reasonable comparisons would probably be Galaxie 500 or Yo La Tengo amongst others (though both of these are far better). It's a sort of psych-pop, I think.
A good debut, not recommended if you hate indistinct vocals though. I don't mind - but then I listen to a lot of music that doesn't have any vocals at all...