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New Boys Age: “Forlorn Beach”

This is both the liveliest sounding Boys Age song and the most downtrodden. The bedroom rock project has gotten jangly at times in the past, but “Forlorn Beach” deploys a jaunty drum beat that practically skips ahead, adding an energy rarely found in the group’s music. And it works well in conjunction with the guitar playing, creating a slightly zoned-out melody that just bounces forward. Yet compounding all of this are the vocals, which sound buried down under the music even for a home-recording project known for unique approaches to singing. But here they add a sadness to “Forlorn Beach,” one offering some tension compared with the relatively skippy music. Get it here, or listen below.