Then last year, they released Let Go on the little Northwest label Barsuk. Distancing the band from power-pop Weezer-dom, the album percolates with a lazy pastoral vibe fueled by gentle melodies. While elements of their geek-rock past peek through the shades, as on "Happy Kid," which finds singer Matthew Caws as "just a happy kid with the heart of a sad punk," Nada Surf now skates a more melancholy course, as on "Blizzard of '77" with its longing for a hallucinogenic winter storm. Moody and introspective, Caws ponders fruit flies circling his lunch and wonders "do you ever feel like you just landed on this earth?" Nada Surf has escaped one-hit-wonderism with this get-well-soon card for shut-ins and the disenfranchised preterit.