Seasurfer’s EP treasure – review of “Vampires”

Seasurfer2_by_Christian_Klepp

Hamburg, Germany shoegaze/dream pop performing artists Seasurfer returns with their first release since 2017’s full length album “Under the Milkyway…Who Cares” with the 4 song EP titled “Vampires” available August 4th on Saint Marie Records. Formed by ex-Dark Orange member Dirk Knight, they have collected its share of their shoegaze and dream pop predecessors influences and set a path for themselves as an enjoyable source fans of My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive and other related bands can look forward to adding to their collection. Since its 2014 debut “Dive In”, they’ve also impressed with their ability to combine pulsing post punk rhythms, beautiful reverberated guitar noise and melodramatic female voices.  The “dream punk’ concept by the founding member recalls Siouxsie and the Banshees, pre-Simon Raymonde Cocteau Twins and Lowlife.

With “Vampires”, some of the so called punk influences have been scaled back a little.  Perhaps this explanation from Dirk’s press release explains it – “This EP, with my new Hamburg-based singer Apolonia, has the voice that I’ve been looking for for years: Ethereal, shimmering yet strong, hook lines that get stuck.”

It doesn’t mean they’re recording “Victorialand” – far from that. “Sad Song” still demonstrates the power Seasurfer has relied on from its inception, yet with voices that sprinkle and assert on a bittersweet wall of sound.  Otherwise, the rest of the EP is song after song of pleasant harmonies, conveyed by satisfactory midtempo beats, with the prevalent guitars subdued behind vocalist Apolonia’s musings or converted into Robin Guthrie-like goodness in “Bring Me His Head”.  The titles of the songs maybe perceived as nihilistic but perhaps its meant as an end of an era, not the end of the world.   Add their Static Wave 6’s single with Krissy Vanderwoude “Blind Me” and its a solid five song collection of bed friendly songs to escape to on a lonely day – or night.

Watch their video “Into the Dust” from the EP “Vampires” available August 4th.

-some info collected from press release sources

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