I receive an email from a like-minded music friend a few days ago with Nada Surf’s forthcoming tour for their upcoming covers record, if i had a hi-fi – a palindromic title. In this email thread, a comment was made that post Let Go, Nada Surf has withered down; plus, fuck Nada. Sure, the consistency on record has not been as strong; but by no means will I forget this act.
The band, who have been around since ’92 or so, have put out stellar records, albums that are returned to on a consistent basis. With melodies, harmonies, and Caws’ soothing delivery, and also their tendency to bring the upbeat rhythms, this trio, who sometimes receive their highest marks when folk-inspired minimalism is in place, have cemented their status with me. Release a new record, I’ll anxiously spin it; most likely fall for it. A career spanning 18+ years is bound to not always generate brilliance. But with near perfect albums like Let Go, records that have created timeless songs, this NY trio will always keep me intrigued to hear a forthcoming record – especially one where they put their own spin on songs like Depeche Mode’s Enjoy the Silence. When Nada stepped into KEXP‘s studio in Seattle to lay down four tracks, including two covers from the aforementioned LP, they only further prove how and why they’ve survived this long.
Fuck Nada Surf? Remember the quality they birthed when covering, If You Leave, for The O.C.?