Cayucas Bigfoot Debut Album Review

Cayucas are set to release their debut album Bigfoot on April 30 through Secretly Canadian. The release follows a series of European concerts including London’s Lexington, Primavera and End of the Road Festival.

Cayucas is fronted by twin brothers Zach and Ben Yudin. Cayucas which is pronounced “ky-yook-us” is the (slightly misspelled) name of a little seaside town in San Luis Obispo County, California. The town, Cayucos, has hardly changed in the last 50 years. In the early 1960s, the surfing craze hit. There was one bar around which local kids congregated where the jukebox played host to the soundtrack of those kids’ summers. The bar has since disappeared but as Zach Yudin will tell you, the place still holds on tight to its propensity for dreamy, lazy, bonfire-lit nights worth getting moony-eyed about.

The band’s debut album, Bigfoot, bears little resemblance to the modern idea of California – mentions of weed and lounging around on the beach, to name just a few. Instead, Bigfoot is an album full of melodic, catchy pop tracks designed for those summer months. If you like Beck then you will love these guys.

Cayucas Bigfoot

Album artwork for Cayucas’ Bigfoot

Yudin has a knack for producing atmospheric tracks leaving in the hiss of a needle in the groove, the steel drum reverbs and ambient party noise which all lead to fantastically produced and mixed pop songs. There isn’t a song on the album that doesn’t bring a huge smile to your face. This should be everyone’s soundtrack for the summer. Being in England though, we might not see much sun but you can listen to this album and it will instantly lift your mood.

Singles High School Lover and East Coast Girl are definitely two of the most catchy songs on the record but track three, Will the Thrill is by far the favourite track. The intro is soothing, relaxing and perfect in every way. It breaks you in very gently to the wonderful story of Will the Thrill. The song tells the story of Will who falls madly in love and goes on a trip with the lucky girl. It has brilliant lyrics that conjure up images of American road trips and the thrill of being young, free and in love, “…motorcycle 1953…and I was like oh my God, is this actually happening to me…you looked over cautiously/Rolled down the window said you looked like a girl I used to know/Why don’t we leave this town together wherever the wind blows”.

Track four A Summer Thing, track six Deep Sea and track seven Ayawa Kya are the other tracks that will seep into your pores, you won’t be able to shake them off. They all have unbelievably happy melodies and catchy lyrics that you will instantly fall in love with. A Summer Thing is a great song ideal for BBQs in the summer sun while Deep Sea is very Beck-esque. The intro feels very much like Beck with the music having such an atmosphere about it that you are actually made to feel as if you are under the sea. The deeper tones, the crackling background noises and pleasant piano all make this song have a very chilled out feel to it; it makes you feel as if you are floating in a supremely beautiful blue sea. It’s a brilliantly mixed and produced song.

Ayawa Kya is slightly different from the other tracks on Bigfoot. It has more punch to it, it has deeper bass sounds than the previous tracks and a bit more ‘umph’. The intro uses more synthesised sounds which help to create that deeper sound. The chant in the song brings in some African music influences which is really refreshing to hear in pop music.

Cayucas have a sound that cannot be described. They are technically pop but their songs have so much more to them that it’s almost an insult to put them into that genre. Their songs are carefully crafted pieces of art that capture the ideology of a period that lots of people are probably reminiscing about right now. Bigfoot will send you into a trance thinking of summer, beaches, cocktails and young love. Bigfoot should be everyone’s summer soundtrack for 2013 but it will make you want to be in the 1960s when the Beach Boys were around producing those fabulous summer tunes. Cayucas could be 2013’s the Beach Boys.

Bigfoot is out through Secretly Canadian on April 30.

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