A Sunny Day in Glasgow
Sea When Absent


4.0
excellent

Review

by AtlastheGreat USER (2 Reviews)
July 22nd, 2014 | 16 replies


Release Date: 06/24/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A nice slice of blissful pop/rock

Dream pop/shoegaze seems like an insanely easy musical format to work with. Take a simple chord progression and run it through some reverb pedals and distortion, then add a dreamy vocal melody on top and bam! A lazy pop song becomes “atmospheric post-something or other.” This simple formula has been completely bypassed by A Sunny Day in Glasgow on their latest LP, “Sea when Absent.” Wisely shunning the lazy “minimalistic” approach so often adopted by shoegaze artists, “Sea when Absent” is a detailed, thoughtfully constructed piece of dream pop that features a strong atmosphere and beautiful melodies.

The sounds found here are rich and dazzling, encouraging multiple listens to fully unpack and discover every little detail. The production is almost perfect, creating a deep and full atmosphere that will suck you in listen after listen. Where as most dream pop demands seem obsessed with their effects and pedals (hence the name Shoegaze), A Sunny Day in Glasgow seems much more interested in the world around them, giving this album a very alive and vibrant feel. Uniformity is not a problem here, as the album moves from heavy tracks like Bye Bye Ocean to dense pop songs like In Love with Useless to dreamy ambience on on Crushin’ with ease and confidence. The songwriting is excellent as well: even though A Sunny Day in Glasgow general stick to a Verse/Chorus format they still manage to include some awesome mood swings and variety to the overall song structure (In Love with Useless benefits greatly from this). The melodies are also exceptionally catchy and beautiful and stick with you in the best way possible. “Sea when Absent” is sonically excellent with lots of musical details and awesome melodies that create a strong and captivating atmosphere.

While the production and music on this thing are awesome, the album does have suffer from poor flow. The album ends with the song Golden Waves and, while the song is excellent, it doesn’t have a real sense of finality or closure to it. The album also doesn’t build towards anything, which makes it feel more like a collection of tracks that create a certain atmosphere, not a cohesive whole. Despite its excellent overall sound and strong songs, “Sea when Absent” does suffer from a lack of cohesion and little to and somewhat weak ending.

Ultimately “Sea when Absent” succeeds because it avoids so many of the pitfalls that gobble up other similar bands. Its music (though maybe not its overall flow) is intentional and detailed to a fault, creating an immersive and deep atmosphere that demands multiple revisits. “Sea when Absent” proves to be an astoundingly strong and beautiful album that gets better and better with every listen.


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BMDrummer
July 21st 2014


7159 Comments


Was meaning to check this today

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AtlastheGreat
July 21st 2014


28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Second review, please be gentle and throw me some constructive criticism!!!!! Thanks!!!!!!!! :D

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
July 21st 2014


13139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

finally

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 21st 2014


15990 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nicely done, this needed a review

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Rhyme
July 21st 2014


1015 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the first sentence in the second paragraph unnecessary and it's a pretty good idea to avoid words like "awesome" and "amazing" when describing something. otherwise, it's a pretty good review

super good album though

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Gyromania
July 21st 2014


15707 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

finally

AtlastheGreat
July 21st 2014


28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I was really surprised that this thing didn't have a review, so I decided to fix that :D That's for the feedback, Imma make the edits pronto :D

AtlastheGreat
July 21st 2014


28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I was really surprised that this thing didn't have a review, so I decided to fix that :D That's for the feedback, Imma make the edits pronto :D

PunchforPunch
July 21st 2014


6280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice dude u should be a contrib

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Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2014


7026 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

golden waves is my soty

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Nikkolae
July 22nd 2014


4848 Comments


was unaware this was out already, gtgi now

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Futures
July 22nd 2014


10696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is pretty awesome

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Nikkolae
July 22nd 2014


4848 Comments


so far In Love with Useless is pretty cool, still waiting for my dl to finish :C

sixdegrees
July 22nd 2014


17080 Comments


Golden Waves is a perfect ending smh

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Futures
July 22nd 2014


10696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

agreed thats my fav on this

AtlastheGreat
July 23rd 2014


28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Lucid, sixdegrees, Futures - Don't get me wrong, I love the song too, I just didn't feel like it belonged at the end of the album necessarily. and I dunno, I feel like In With Useless is my favorite on this thing so far :D

@PunchforPunch - lets not get ahead of ourselves



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