Seabear
The Ghost That Carried Us Away


4.5
superb

Review

by SnackaryBinx USER (31 Reviews)
September 4th, 2008 | 26 replies | 6,696 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Feeling down, feeling cold? This will put you in a super cheery mood and make you look like you're glowing.

It's not cold in seabearia! states the headline of the bands myspace. And it really isn't. This album has been the first album in an extremely long time that can put a smile on my face the first second of "Good morning scarecrow" starts. And it will keep that happy face on for those 40 or so minutes (I don't know how long this album is, hell, I don't know how long any album is, the length isn't a point for this album anyway).

Seabear is an indie/folk band from Reykjavik, Iceland. It started off as the solo project of Sindri Sigfússon, but as time went on, 6 more people joined, Örn Ingi, Guggý, Inga, Kjartan, Dóri, and Sóley. Forgive me, for I do not know their last names (you could probably find them though). Although from Iceland, these guys sing in English only, unlike Sigur Ros (also from Iceland), who sing primarily in Icelandic (and Hopelandic).

Everyone in Seabear is a multi-instrumentalist I believe. You'll here many instruments on this album. Along to the standard instruments of any band, an acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums, they also have a person dedicated to fiddle, a person to trumpet, and on some songs, a few members put them down to play a harmonica. This allows a very dynamic sound to flow throughout, and brings to your ears some very beautiful harmonies and melodies. This makes their sound truly unique, something you do not want to miss if you are interested into indie or folk music.

Even with so many instruments, no one is left behind droning in the back. Everyone is up front and does not disappoint with their respective chances to shine. The lyrics aren't so loud that they take over songs and take away the depth of the instruments back them from behind. In my personal favorite song on the album, "Arms," everyone is up front playing a beautiful rhythm section while the fiddle plays the lead of the whole song, not disappointing at all and creating a beautiful a lead that flows into your ears like candy would flow into your mouth. In no time, you'll find yourself tapping along to the beat, humming along with the lyrics, and find yourself with the widest smile on your face.

The vocalist and lyrics themselves are also very beautiful. The vocalist (Sindri Sigfússon) has a very beautiful calm voice, but his voice will get in your soul and warm it up altogether. Even though some of the songs are melancholic in what the lyrics mean, the music and voice behind it still gives you hope. Such as the song "Arms," which I interpret it as you trying your hardest to keep someone around even though you know you can't.

left your black gloves on my table
left your dark horse in the stable
thinking of a way to get you to stay
and i'll promise to
fight the wind and wait for you
i'm an owl with tired eyes
i'm a scarecrow in disguise

All in all, this is a very fantastic album, I'd recommend this to anyone who is a fan of indie and folk, and quite a surprise from such a band that most of the population doesn't know about. I hate to throw out terms like "under-rated" or "gem," but I really do feel it's necessary to throw out the terms for this album, it truly is a gem. This is an album that will receive constant play on those lonely winter nights, because even if everything around you is cold and lonely, this album will make you feel happy and warm.

Recommended Tracks
Arms
I Sing I Swim
Cat Piano



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SnackaryBinx
September 4th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Comments are always welcome.

jrowa001
September 4th 2008


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pretty good review. i really want to hear this. i will look for it tonight

SnackaryBinx
September 4th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If you want, I'll give you the link I used.

jrowa001
September 4th 2008


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sure thing! my email is jrowa001@ucr.edu

SnackaryBinx
September 4th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

alrighty right, tis has been sent

jrowa001
September 4th 2008


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks a bunch man. ill comment here as soon as i listen to it

thunderzstruck
September 4th 2008


148 Comments


i absolutely love this album

thunderzstruck
September 4th 2008


148 Comments


oh and also, hopelandic is made up gibberish that sigur ros sang on one album for ()

it isn't the language of iceland, that would be icelandic Lol

SnackaryBinx
September 4th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol, my b, I heard it tossed around though a few times, I'll edit that out. thanks

Also added recommended tracks.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2008


20857 Comments


Very good review John. I have never heard of this band and with the way you have explained their music through the instruments used, I now have a fairly good knowledge of how they sound before actually listening to them.
By the way, you have a small grammatical error in the very first sentence with "the the". Otherwise, a very good review and worthy of a positive vote. Well done.


SnackaryBinx
September 4th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh, nice catch on the the.This Message Edited On 09.04.08

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2008


15737 Comments


seabears are real. it says so in fake science monthly.

Digging: Ricky Eat Acid - Three Love Songs

SnackaryBinx
September 4th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

anyone else?

Kiran
Emeritus
September 5th 2008


6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Had this for ages. Glad someone finally reviewed it since I've been way too lazy. Good review too.

jrowa001
September 7th 2008


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this was pretty good

SnackaryBinx
September 7th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

glad to see you liked it

weare138mike
September 7th 2008


48 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Another great band from Iceland. There folky happiness is reminicent of the shins. But with more originality than the shins. This is just top notch folk rock.

brandtweathers
October 15th 2008


2007 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

looking into this currently. will keep you updated, binx
edit: first impression: like wilco's 'sky blue sky'This Message Edited On 10.15.08

SnackaryBinx
October 15th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome, let me know bro.

brandtweathers
October 16th 2008


2007 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Need more spins (what doesn't i guess) but it really struck me like Iron & Wine but where I&W decides to remain aloof, Seabear makes a step toward emotional connection.
They really do care about doing what they can to make the listener happy.
Pretty cool stuff.



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