Just as Americans will never truly take to cricket, there’s very little chance that the trials and tribulations of Nascar will ever become the passion of sports enthusiasts this side of the Atlantic. One thing that we might be able to unite behind are the jaded beats and neon melodies of California trio NazcarNation. Having already had their tracks altered by the Midas hands of unouomedude and the UK’s very own hyped reworker Star Slinger, the signs are already positive.
The obvious and immediate associations are those of band that hipster Runoff would gladly spend 50 words snappily breaking the dreams of, but there’s are more pop overtones here than with your generic chillwave wannabe hype artist. There are glints of experimentation, but this is a band who are finally taking the lessons learnt from the past 24 months and fronting them with a singer that doesn’t hide behind reverb. The result is something slightly more ephemeral, but ultimately a lot more catchy – the kind of tracks that you could imagine being played at a decent clubnight rather than hidden away in the recesses of an overstocked iTunes library. One problem that persists is that some of the efforts on their remix E.P. sound a shade better than their original works, but one blast of ‘Trust Fall’ is enough to alleviate any doubts – and becoming one of the scene’s first ‘anthems’ in the meantime, too.