Beach Fossils - ‘Clash the Truth’ + Smoking Jacket
Ingredients: 1 1/2 ounce blended Scotch, 3/4 ounce Cynar, 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth, 1 ounce orange bitters.
Mixing Instructions: Stir with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a lowball glass with ice. (via Kindred Cocktails)
Notes: I often associate certain albums or genres with specific times, places or seasons. Beach House and Joni Mitchell make good Saturday morning music (perfect with chocolate chip pancakes). Blitzen Trapper was born for the Fall (and a cider cocktail). And the sophomore album from Brooklyn indie rock band, Beach Fossils, finds itself most at home on a cloudy Tuesday afternoon in February. This isn’t a diss nor is it a lazy association with my first listen (a sunny weekend morning). However, the contemplative, mid-fi dream jangle that ebbs and flows, often beautifully, over the course of 14 tracks requires an equally ruminative listening environment to fully appreciate. Full of late-twenty-something angst and malaise, this is an album that begs for a dark, brooding cocktail and a quiet afternoon hour.