Silversun Pickups
Seasick


4.0
excellent

Review

by tom USER (12 Reviews)
September 2nd, 2013 | 84 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: she sways over to me ~ she's still going on, but i can't hear anything

Originally released on 10” vinyl for Record Store Day in 2011, Seasick is a trio of unreleased tunes left over from recording sessions for the LA foursome’s second LP, Swoon (2009). While this may sound off-putting, one listen is enough to deduce that their omission had nothing to do with quality and everything to do with aesthetics. Swoon was a tightly framed and sharply focused record - hooks and melodies held up by walls of guitar fuzz - and for the most part Seasick needs room to stretch its legs, reveal itself slowly… room to breathe. This premise is exemplified by the twisting, turning, slow burning title track, an elegant piece which pushes the seven minute mark, somehow managing to feel endless yet concise. The understated, delay-soaked closer ‘Ribbons and Detours’ continues in this vein, this time with bassist Nikki Monninger handling vocal duties. Her voice is a perfect fit here; though not dissimilar to Brian Aubert’s, her soothing tones bring a gentler vibe absent from the latter’s frantic whispers and breathy snarls. Vocals aside, the really vital cog here is keyboardist/knob-twiddler Joe Lester. Rarely, if ever, stepping into the spotlight, he’s there in the back painting with fine strokes, filling in gaps, weaving and conjuring and creating a beautifully bleak and soft-edged atmosphere in which these two songs excel. In contrast, sandwiched between the two is the very Swoon-esque ‘Broken Bottles’, a track which jams harder than every single song on that record bar ‘Panic Switch’. Despite veering a little too far into SSPU-by-the-numbers territory (fuzz on fuzz), the ripping instrumental break/solo more than justifies its inclusion here.

With the benefit of hindsight, Seasick is quite clearly the bridge linking the balls-out immediacy of Swoon to the more calculated and spacious Neck of the Woods. It has all of the former’s first-listen accessibility but like the latter plays hard to get with its layers, only revealing all of itself after half a dozen or so return visits. This shouldn’t be a deterrent: the payoff is well worth the investment, particularly with the outstanding title track. It may be slim pickings for the fuzz rockers and shoegazers and pumpkin smashers among you, but aficionados of SSPU’s more restrained side would be foolish to pass this one up.



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tommygun
September 2nd 2013


25413 Comments


been addicted to this the past few days and noticed it didn’t have a review so here we are

any and all feedback/abuse/off-topic shenanigans are welcome as always

'seasick': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UBgyI3jjq0

Rowan5215
September 2nd 2013


28835 Comments


Never heard the album but insta-pos ofc

Digging: Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

tommygun
September 2nd 2013


25413 Comments


it's just an ep dude but these dudes rock you should check em if you're at all into smashing pumpkins

Rowan5215
September 2nd 2013


28835 Comments


Haven't listened to much Smashing Pumpkins tbh, I should change that huh

ShadowRemains
September 2nd 2013


21639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i like this band'

yeah

something like that

tommygun
September 2nd 2013


25413 Comments


yeah rowan siamese dream is one of the best albums of the 90s

just ask yoyo :]

RobbaqPL
September 2nd 2013


162 Comments


Have a pos.
I like the band, but I somehow skipped this one. Well, time to change that.

Rowan5215
September 2nd 2013


28835 Comments


Yoyo? But will check sometime for sure.

tommygun
September 2nd 2013


25413 Comments


user yoyomancuso

he worships that album daily haha

Rowan5215
September 2nd 2013


28835 Comments


Oh ok like you and Froosh?

tommygun
September 2nd 2013


25413 Comments


haha maybe idk if anyone goes that hard :/

Rowan5215
September 2nd 2013


28835 Comments


Me and Invented? :P

tommygun
September 2nd 2013


25413 Comments


i'll pay that!

actually you and floyd lol

those last.fm stats are inhuman

ShadowRemains
September 2nd 2013


21639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

future foe scenarios

wrong album but that song is epic

THIS REVOLUTION BABY...

Rowan5215
September 2nd 2013


28835 Comments


:D I jammed all the way through Piper to the Wall in one day not that long ago, reading the lyrics from my Discovery booklet p/

tommygun
September 2nd 2013


25413 Comments


agreed shadow FFS is fuckin amazing

haha nice rowan man

ShadowRemains
September 2nd 2013


21639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i need to hear swoon

tommygun
September 2nd 2013


25413 Comments


ye man swoon rocks they all rock

avonbarksdale221
September 2nd 2013


8265 Comments


Great review dude. Could never get into this band unfortunately though.

Douglas
September 2nd 2013


9201 Comments


Will be getting ASAP oh gosh



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