Nada Surf The Proximity Effect on LP + Download
In advance of the band's forthcoming new album, coming out this spring on Barsuk Records, Nada Surf is excited to have The Proximity Effect available on vinyl once again, having been out of print for some time. After being swept-up in the mid-90's major-label alternative craze, the band turned in their more mature and developed sophomore effort, The Proximity Effect, to Elektra Records in 1998.
As happened to multiple bands of the era, the major label didn't know what to do with the more developed sound and, while released in Europe to great reviews, the band was dropped from Elektra along-side other now-notable Elektra alums Spoon, Ween and more. A protracted battle with the label eventually led to the band finally getting the rights back to the album and in 2000 they released it on their own homegrown label MarDev Records.
With The Proximity Effect, Nada Surf set out to make a "good" record and ended up, in their own inimitable way, making a great one. One that didn't wedge itself in any particular subgenre, and, like all great rock records, one that wasn't trying to be anything except what it was: a collection of intelligent songs dealing with break-ups and showdowns, getting drunk and getting over it, fixing yourself for the last time and meeting yourself for the first.
The album is built of indelible melodies and heart-stopping choruses that won't leave your head for days. hyperspace, amateur and bad best friend have the stand-out hooks, but there isn't an average song to be found in the bunch. They all just get better with every listen and with the gravity-defying "80 windows," Nada Surf wrote themselves a genuine classic.