Seafoam
Seafoam


4.0
excellent

Review

by MisterTornado CONTRIBUTOR (47 Reviews)
August 31st, 2012 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The sound of summer

While scouring the blogs, lists, forums, and databases in our subterranean habitats, computer gazed and glossy eyed till the wee hours of the night, often we seek aural satisfaction in the music of the seasons. Whether it comes from mood, nostalgia, or simply what's outside our windows, pin pointing the sounds of spring, summer, fall, and winter can be one of the best ways to experience music. On an atmospheric level it can evoke rich imagery and sensory details of nature's many wonders; the lush, flower tangled prairies of spring, the dampened earth toned debris of fall, and the crystalline blanket of winter's ethereal chill. Impressions of sound we can all relate to.

Athens, Georgia's John Jagos knows this idea well, as everything from his moniker to his cover art suggests the sounds of summer's cauldron. Even bolder of an impression is the five songs that make up his debut EP. Immediately we're introduced to slow motion waves gliding across a watery horizon on the opener 'Breakers (Awakening)', with splashes of vocal ambience greeting a thick rising sun beyond it. Early morning dew and chlorine dreams ascend from the coastal groove of 'Collapsed Lung', as a gorgeous guitar line bathes the sea in a whisper of cyan surf, before drifting waves reveal the synths of a psychedelic game show. The tropical ballad 'Sarah' shimmers in similarly engrossing guitar work, with a certain strobe lit tenderness that brings to mind hazy memories of high school dances.

A cascade of lulling daydream tranquility pours from the corals of 'We'll Be Free', streaming a set of jangly seagull strung chords that gently ripple against Jagos’ misty vocals. The tide finally drifts to a calm impression of the cool breeze above on the closer 'Goodbye For Now', as the glow of the moon reduces the song to one last ethereal wave of sparklingly guitars and mesmerized vocals. Throughout the EP, Jagos’ airy vocals can be traced to the likes of Brian Wilson's sun soaked harmonies and M83's atmospheric take of 80s synth pop, and fusing both into five ultra-sleek, and all around gorgeous pop tunes. If the music here is indeed Seafoam's own translation of the sounds of summer, he's succeed on all fronts; creating a cohesive, memorable, and utterly hypnotizing document of the memories we leave behind during those few beloved months.



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LifeAsAChipmunk
August 31st 2012


4854 Comments


You could almost guess what kind of band this is by it's name.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Guess I should have written this about a month earlier.

Stream the whole EP here: http://seafoamgreen.bandcamp.com/album/seafoam-ep

LudsWig
August 31st 2012


254 Comments


"The sound of summer"

how appropriate with 110 degree heat wave.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Where do you live Luds? Raining nice and good here.

LifeAsAChipmunk
August 31st 2012


4854 Comments


Yeah, it's like 85 to 90 degrees, but it's rained like 3 to 4 times a week for like 4 weeks now

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Weird. I'm sure this EP would sound appropriate in that 110 degree heat wave. Inside and with a tall glass of chilly water of course.

Acanthus
August 31st 2012


9543 Comments


We've got rain here today, but the drought was such that restaurants couldn't serve water to guests unless they were asked specifically.

Nice review sir, not my genre but a fun read.

Digging: The Knife - Deep Cuts

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"but the drought was such that restaurants couldn't serve water to guests unless they were asked specifically."

The apocalypse is near. Cheers Acanthus

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2012


23909 Comments


sounds kinda cool, nice review

Digging: RATKING - So It Goes

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Easily one of the best EPs of the year

mindleviticus
August 31st 2012


8293 Comments


Great review. Right to the point. Don't think I'll listen though. Sorry, it doesn't interest me.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
September 1st 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Appreciate it. It's all good, isn't for everybody.

pizzamachine
September 1st 2012


12571 Comments


I found the album a bit forgettable, but this review makes the album seem like the best thing ever. REVIEWING EXCELLENCE!!!

ThespianLesbian
September 1st 2012


248 Comments


wow were you been

pizzamachine
September 1st 2012


12571 Comments


Worked at camp all summer.

ThespianLesbian
September 1st 2012


248 Comments


oh yeah I remember you mentioned that sweet

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
September 1st 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fair enough pizza, and thanks

Steoandnoodles
September 1st 2012


2832 Comments


This is great. I loved this EP.



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