New Ackerman jangle-track “Surf King”, and especially the hilarious video, are a lighthearted take/ critique on surf rock and living in California, which is clearly not as as glamorous as it often alludes. It shows frontman Jordan McAfee Hahn (who directed and produced the video himself) in Los Angeles settings that are quite realistic to the average dweller and as remote from Beach Boy Surf Idyllics as possible. He labels the track “a love song for a city that’s tough to be broke in“. The song has an effortless flow and sing-along style quality and is a standalone single/video release following their 2019 EP “A Million Sunflowers”, heralding rollout singles in 2020 for a new LP.
Ackerman are Jordan McAfee-Hahn, Bernardo Ochoa, and Matti Dunietz. Their project was born out of the eclectic Brooklyn indie and psych scene in 2014 and is a now-bicoastal trio. The release of “Surf King “on March 13th was meant to correspond with Ackerman‘s performances as part of The New Colossus Festival in New York City, an international festival headed by artists such as A Place To Bury Strangers, Pom Poko, Water From Your Eyes, Luke De-Sciscio, and many more.