A title like Apocatropica evokes various associations, but Baywitch’s members Lila Burns, Jake Meierdierck and Sicily Robinson explain that we should think of it as “a realm marred by mists, myths and monsters, a campy parable for very real-life wildfires, colonialism, bias, capitalism and the never ending ever pending doom-news whirlpool.” On this new mini-album (6 songs in 26 minutes) the Seattle-based trio may play surf-rock, but due to the addition of dark lyrics, hazy vocals and psych influences, their sound is more reminiscent of Thee Oh Sees than The Surfrajettes. It’s “smurf-rock toon doom” as they call it, ominous and hypnotic – quite impressive.
“Victory was forecast but misfortune feeds on faith. All eyes looking forward to an ego-manic fate.”
“Look, look, look for liars, preying on your tall desires; never had a clue, so goes the doom generation down.”
Apocatropica is out now digitally, on cassette and 12″ vinyl through Halfshell Records.
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