Just when you thought that the Vivian Girls couldn’t get any better, they start to mutate. Katy Goodman aka Kickball Katy of the band has taken time off from her day job as part of the most important noise pop band of the past few years to join up with Gregg Foreman to create All Saints Day, yet another chilled out, fuzzed up pop band to soundtrack your summer with. Foreman is probably most recognised for his work playing with Cat power, and there’s a hint of that throughout the short EP the duo have put up on bandcamp – all airy harmonies and ghostly vocals layered on top of dreamy reverb, it’s an arresting mixture.
Whether or not this will be taken any further remains to be seen – there have been three shows played so far, done alongside the likes of Real Estate, Nodzzz, Kurt Vile and Abe Vigoda, which is about as strong of an endorsement as you can receive from the whole West Coast scene. There’s the tuned up playfulness of Best Coast running throughout this, but sans the strong central vocals that make Bethany Consentino’s work so recognisable. People have been desperate to try and give it a name, with Beachgaze being the most obvious, but equally ill-fitting. At it’s best, the few tracks that have been debuted so far are the kind of slick, savvy lo-fi pop that Summer Camp call home, brilliant and beguiling in equal measure, a raw mass of sound crafted into something wonderful.