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Seahaven – Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only

Becci Stanley

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With their eclectic mix of soaring melodic highs and crushing lyrical lows, Seahaven propelled out of the underground scene in Torrance, California to tour all around the world. Building on the success of debut E.P. Ghost comes Reverie Lagoon: Music for Escapism Only. It continues the formula of their hotly tipped sound, but has it become somewhat boring?

Fifty Four glides in slowly with a silent beginning making you question if you’ve accidentally muted something before spine-tingling chords and the sound of the lulling tide reach an ebbing crescendo.

First single from the album Silhouette takes you on an aural journey from a humble, echoing beginning to a crashing climax that demonstrates that this band are not a one trick pony. With scathing, sharp lyrics mixed with string interludes, this track maintains the lucid, soothing air this band are known for, but with an interesting experimentation into other instruments, vocal sounds and arrangements.

Personal favourites Wild West Selfishness and On The Floor hail a more sinister tone with haunting introductions, spine-tingling vocals and an all over more urgent and angry tone lyrically. It is this juxtaposition that makes these songs so powerful to me, the perfect blending and representation of what ugliness and anger can hide under something so seemingly beautiful shows the thought and care which has crafted this album.

Despite the first half of this album being full of things to say, in my mind this is it. I find it hard to find solid standalone tracks after this as many seem to just repeat what has been done before. On one hand it is easy to become lost in this album because the concept and journey it takes you on is an interesting idea though it is one I believe has not been executed to its full potential.

Closing track Four Eleven does however redeem the disappointment later in this album by upping the ante, providing a track that defines experimental with features varying from whining synth, the re-appearance of strings and layering of guitars to create a cacophony of beauty that made my whole body tingle.

Though a great idea, I feel Seahaven’s sound has become their failsafe and that now they may be beyond any other sound because of the success they have achieved so far. I hope this is not the case and from the small glimmers of hope in the odd different and interesting tracks within this album, I hope to see something mind-blowing once more from Seahaven.

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