Well this is a slice of beachy, dreamy warmth. Taking its cues from the Beach Boys, in their surf rock guitars, their “oh-whoa” vocals, their sentimental songs, and their warm melodies, the music of Seafoam Dream is undeniably a throwback. And in particular, the band references the Beach Boys at their most sonically ambitious, with many layers of vocals and instrumentation interwoven.
Combined with the album’s distinctly homemade production, the overall effect is of a sort of pleasing assault, a semi-differentiated mass of sun-drenched, easy-going sound—not entirely reminiscent of the ‘wall of sound’ production style Phil Spector employed for the Beach Boys, which also threw everything at the wall and turned it all to 11. It’s an intriguing parallel.
Aside from this album, Seafoam Dream also have Music Album, a rather different record featuring glitchy electronic music. Together, they suggest an artist of significant ambition and diverse skill. Definitely an artistic project worth watching.
Baby, Believe Me, and the rest of Seafoam Dream’s music, is available for purchase on Bandcamp.
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