The Speed of Sound in Seawater
Red Version


4.5
superb

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
June 13th, 2011 | 97 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I am not alright

The anomaly within their relatively short discography, The Speed of Sound In Seawater’s Red Version is not so much a departure from the groups former display of math rock stylings but rather a deeper exploration of the underlying indie pop elements that previously remained firmly planted in the backseat. While shimmering pop melodies strewn amongst layers of noodle-like guitar lines may not be the most original thing these days, The Speed of Sound In Seawater’s hook-ridden technical prowess easily conjures them an identity that is unmistakably their own. Whether it be the sugary hooks of singer Damien Verrett or the charmingly sweet guitar harmonies of Jordan Seavers, the flawless combination of math rock and indie pop is strongly apparent throughout the entirety of Red Version’s absolutely delightful six tracks.

While 2009’s Blue Version was nowhere near being a sloppy album, Red Version’s approach while obviously more simplistic is refined even further still; from the surprisingly successful juxtaposition of screamo wails with hooks that would seduce your sixteen year old sister, to the overall structuring and complexity of the record, Red Version is obviously an album created on a considerable amount of thought. Exploring a wide spectrum of influences while still maintaining an infrastructure of familiarity (mostly through the albums more math rock influenced sections) Red Version delves into many different departments of indie music: as “Vixen of the Deep” culminates in a spectacularly catchy electronica tinted finale, other songs like “Formaldehyde” bombastically combine a more straight forward indie rock approach with layers of clean plucked guitars and cascading drumrolls.

Instead of wholly relying on the use of clean vocals, The Speed of Sound in Seawater features not only the enchanting croon of Damien Verret but also the tortured wails and half-shouted calls of Fernando Oliva, vocals that would not be out of place within screamo bands such as Steepless, Someplace to Hide or any other number of bands in the genre. While most songs do actually feature both vocal styles, one of the best examples is easily the disturbingly long titled “Dinner and a Movie on a Post-Apocalyptic Earth: 12 Bottle Caps, Successfully Repopulating the Human Race: Priceless”; utilizing Damien Verrett to his fullest potential, the frontman’s soft vocals command a strong charm but when it comes to Mr. Oliva’s pained howls, his sincerity manages to ensnare just as well.

Whether it be the relaxing, hook-filled opener “Romanticide” or “The Coldest Room In The House” which features dreamy, shoegazing melodies, there isn’t a moment on Red Version that is not enjoyable. Taking their previous, seemingly narrow-minded sound to new heights, The Speed of Sound in Seawater create amazing music that can actually blend catchy harmonies with artistic integrity. Whatever mood you may be in, Red Version can satisfying your craving, as it is a truly pleasing album with enough diversity, memorability and most importantly individuality to easily keep itself within longstanding rotation.



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TheSpirit
June 13th 2011


17847 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Have rarely tried reviewing indie before so hopefully this is a decent effort. This album is really amazing though and I urge everybody to check it out. This probably needs to be looked over a bit more but I really wanted to get it out there, so criticism welcome.

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BallsToTheWall
June 13th 2011


44376 Comments


Cool review, might have to youtube some samples.

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TheSpirit
June 13th 2011


17847 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

http://thespeedofsoundinseawater.bandcamp.com/album/red-version

you can listen to the whole album hurrr along with their other two albums.


This is the best of their albums (imo) butI recommend Blue Version over their newest, it is easily the next best.

pizzamachine
June 13th 2011


12571 Comments


Great review. Interesting music too, but not my kind of thing.

DoubtGin
June 13th 2011


6752 Comments


thanks, checked out the new EP and I love it..

Relinquished
June 13th 2011


25055 Comments


AY GUY WHERE'S THAT GREEN VERSION I WANT THAT VENASAUR

FelixCulpa
June 13th 2011


1240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hey this sounds pretty good. And "...Post-Apocalyptic Earth: 12 Bottle Caps..." Fallout reference?

WashboardSuds
June 13th 2011


5010 Comments


I was just looking at this the other day too.

good review, will check into this sometime

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TheSpirit
June 13th 2011


17847 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thanks guys

onthebrightside
June 14th 2011


29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review.
I like Blue Version better but Dinner and a Movie is one of my favorite songs ever. This band sadly flies under the radar.

TheSpirit
June 14th 2011


17847 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, they deserve a bit more attention but what can ya do

RagingStorm
June 14th 2011


509 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet review, definitely going to give this a listen

TheSpirit
June 14th 2011


17847 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thank you very much. I strongly suggest this

Ire
June 14th 2011


41780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fye

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TheSpirit
June 14th 2011


17847 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I'm at a los

Ire
June 14th 2011


41780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

coo review

RagingStorm
June 14th 2011


509 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is great so far

FelixCulpa
June 14th 2011


1240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow this was better than I expected. I'd recommend Crash of Rhinos - Distal and This town needs guns - Animals if you are looking for something similar, kinda mathy emo-ish music.

RagingStorm
June 14th 2011


509 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really excellent stuff, this needs more attention

TheSpirit
June 15th 2011


17847 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

glad you guys like it so much!

also ily ire



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