(2002) Beat Surf Fun

Tullycraft

... read moreWhen ethnomusicologists of the future look back on the cult phenomenon that was twee pop, they need go no further for defining moments than "Twee," the opening track on Tullycraft's wonderful Beat Surf Fun: A catalog of icons and totems that includes nods to Sarah Records, 14 Iced Bears, and the...

35′:25″ 12 Songs

1
Tullycraft
Twee
3:23
2
Tullycraft
Glitter & Twang
4:09
3
Tullycraft
Christine, Nd
3:18
4
Tullycraft
Wild Bikini
2:34
5
Tullycraft
Diy Queen
4:19
6
Tullycraft
Cowgirls On Parade
3:12
7
Tullycraft
I Kept The Beach Boys
2:27
8
Tullycraft
Orange Cake Mix
1:50
9
Tullycraft
Knockout
1:55
10
Tullycraft
Radio Theme
0:46
11
Tullycraft
Sent To The Moon
4:17
12
Tullycraft
Who Needs What
3:15
Released 04 March 2002, ℗ Magic Marker Records

Review

When ethnomusicologists of the future look back on the cult phenomenon that was twee pop, they need go no further for defining moments than "Twee," the opening track on Tullycraft's wonderful Beat Surf Fun: A catalog of icons and totems that includes nods to Sarah Records, 14 Iced Bears, and the Pastels' Aggi Wright, its quintessentially adenoidal vocals and manic strumming culminate in the rallying cry "You can keep your punk rock, ska, rap beats and house, f**k me I'm twee!" It's fitting that such a statement of purpose would originate with Tullycraft, one of the true pioneers of American twee pop and, as of Beat Surf Fun's 2002 release, one of its few remaining proponents. Between its fizzy lyrics, brittle guitar riffs, cheesy Casio keyboards, and primitive rhythms, the record seems very much out of touch with contemporary pop; its ebullience and innocence hark back to a time that now seems very long ago. But sometimes, nostalgia can be a breath of fresh air. ~ Jason Ankeny