All the joy of singing in the shower, or in the drunk tank for that matter, derives from the echo-y acoustics. (And also maybe from the special effects of alcohol, but let's talk reverb for the moment.) Phil Specter understood reverb. So did the Beach Boys. Now we have Best Coast's Crazy for You, proving that reverb truly lives on the beach: Frontwoman Bethany Cosentino pitches her sexy, raspy voice into the echo chamber and out comes bliss.
Like a more melodious Kim Shattuck, Cosentino projects sun-sick slacker ennui like a master, but her "oohs" and "aahs" are straight out of the best 1960s summer grooves. Bobb Bruno's surfy guitar and jingling percussion back her up with syncopated beats that encourage body motion: You might even do the pony if you can remember the steps. The lyrics derive from that particular catalogue that sounds sweetest in full sun: phrases like "walkin' away/talkin' all day," "honey/so fine" and "I want you."
It's pop haiku—the better to magnify the tension between California dreamer and West Coast brat—with the slurred "I have fun" and the soaring repetition of "I hate sleepin' alone" that makes "When I'm With You" this summer's best song.