The debut LP from Seattle's Seapony made my list of top 30 albums for 2012, and I was eager to hear their Sophomore effort. Falling is released today on Hardly Art, and my verdict is that everything we loved about the Seapony last year is again available for your sonic pleasure. The hooky melodies are engaging, the breathy vocals sweet and easy, and the guitars are excellent. What is slightly different here is all positive. Overall, I think it is a stronger set of songs with a fuller sound, and the guitars seem to have a bit more muscle in this outing.
Here is "Outside", the album's opening track --
The dream pop field is not uncrowded these days, so standing out from the crowd isn't easy. That Seapony succeeds in doing so is attributable to a few factors in my view. First, the kids write good songs, with melodies that you want to hear again and again. Second, they adroitly stitch together the jangle and fuzz of the C86 era with the DIY naivete of the K Records bands.
Seapony is Jen Weidl (guitar, vocals), Danny Rowland (guitar) and Ian Brewer (bass). Falling was recorded in Brewer's home and mixed at the by Bob Schwenkler at K Records' Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia, Washington.