When Juliette Pearl Davis and Joachim Polack got restless, they packed up and moved across the country. Floating from Gainesville, Florida, to sunny Los Angeles, California, had a profound influence on Coast 2 Coast, their fourth album as Pearl & The Oysters and the duo’s debut for Stone’s Throw. Featuring collaborations with Mild High Club’s Alex Brettin, Riley Geare of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Alan Palomo of Neon Indian, Dent May, and legendary Stereolab vocalist Lætitia Sadier, the record bounces over funk and boogie grooves, synth dappled pop-scapes, and fuzzy guitars. But it’s not all pool day dreams and fantasies: “Paraiso” suggests that endless summer vacation might not be all its cracked up to be: “Another lap around the sun/It’s lonely in that garden of Eden/No fun.”

Fans of Healing Potpourri, Toro y Moi, and Melody’s Echo Chamber will find lots to love here: the deeply catchy “Pacific Ave” conjures up “Song of the Summer” vibes, “Space Coast” mind-melds mid-century exotica with sci-fi electro-pop, and “Read the Room,” featuring Sadier on lead vocals and a Mickey Miles-animated video, is packed with arresting guitars. At once evocative of a never-really-there past and a “it’s hard to say” future, Coast 2 Coast bends time charmingly. It’s out April 21, click here to get vinyl and pre-save on your favorite streaming service. These are pearls worth diving for!

Wanna see more from Mickey Miles? Crouch low and head into the attic with Salvador Cresta for Midnight Music Review, featuring a detailed look at Miles’ psychedelic cartoons.

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