Thursday, January 7, 2016
Sea Pinks - Soft Days
Opener "(I Don't Feel Like) Giving In" kicks off with a dose of post-punk drone, but sunshine and bounce take over with the following "Ordinary Daze" and "Cold Reading". After a more post punk offering with "Trend When You're Dead", "Green With Envy" -- and standouts "Depth of Field" and "Everything In Sight" -- deliver hazy dream pop. If you were only to own one song on this album, I'd nominate "Yr Horoscope" (stream below), which is custom built for the speakers on your convertible as you head down the Pacific Coast Highway. "Down Dog" is dark-jangling post punk with dark shading and big drums. The wistful and optimistic "I Won't Let Go" and "Soft Days" end the album with jangling pop perfection.
The album title refers to the kind of soaking mist that one encounters in Belfast. The choice seems apt, as the songs envelope the listener and soak into the brain's pleasure centers. One listen and it seems like an old and honored friend. I couldn't have picked a better record for my first review of a 2016 album
Sea Pinks is frontman Neil Brogan (Cruising and ex-Girls Names) on guitar and vocals, Steven Henry on bass and Davey Agnew on drums. Soft Days is out tomorrow, January 8, via CF Records.
Bandcamp for Soft Days