Seasurfer - Vampires

by Steve Ricciutti Rating:7 Release Date:2018-08-03
Seasurfer - Vampires
Seasurfer - Vampires

Seasurfer are a product of Hamburg, Germany, formed in 2013 by Dirk Knight, who used to be in Dark Orange. Knight is the musical mad genius behind the band, which takes his dream pop structures and runs them through his myriad influences ranging from Sonic Youth to Hüsker Du to The Ramones. His walls of resplendent noise, at times punchy and pop-infused, others awash in deep, rich, archetypal shoegaze orchestral maneuvers, couple with tender, heartfelt on this lush offeringReleased from noted dream pop label Saint Marie Records, Seasurfer are often marketed for fans of My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and CocteauTwins, and dub themselves as "dream punk" for the deft melding of the noisy and the ethereal. 

While the band has had several line-up changes over the years, this latest four track EP Vampires features fellow Hamburg resident Apolonia on vocals. In an interview, she relates that her lyrics speak of love, fear, demons, teen-angst, and the universe. Falling in love for the first time is thematic as well, and the mutual admiration she and Knight have works well to create a solid sampling. 

If I have a complaint, it’s that Apolonia’s vocals aren’t present enough, thus the listener has to strive hard against the sheer power of wave after wave of instrumentation, despite how glorious and evocative they may be. Her voice is a strong instrument, soaring, whispering, pleading – it creates a perfect combination with Knight’s soundscapes. I just wish I could have been able to make out her lyrics and heard her lovely vocals more evenly paired against the music. Granted, this is typical of the genre, but I still find it a missed opportunity.

"Into the Dust" starts things off in classic shoegaze fashion, but follow-up “Sad Song” stands out as the strongest track. With a smidge of mid-80s Siouxsie and the Banshees, it is the most widely accessible track on this enticing introduction to the latest lineup. Worth a listen. 

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