Thursday, June 2, 2011


Seapony falls nicely into the “summer tunes” category, enveloping listeners in sunny, dreamy, not-incredibly-demanding garage pop. Singer Jen Weidl has a nicely chilled reserve in her voice that might recall Young Marble Giants, though the rest of her band guitarist Danny Rowland, bassist Ian Brewer doesn’t sound like that at all. (Not as eccentrically, skeletally odd, for one things, these songs are almost lush.) In any case, Seapony’s tunes are translucently uncomplicated, shimmering in your peripheral vision, but dissolving under too close attention. Seapony originated in Oklahoma, spent time in Olympia, Washington and now dwells in Seattle…but neither Saddle Creek-ish baroque emo, K Records DIY juvenilia or Sub Pop-ian guitar turmoil has much to do with this sound. Instead, I’d look towards a misty seacoast, far removed from the nearest train station or McDonald’s franchise and just enough electricity to plug in guitar amps. Their album Go With Me is out this week on Hardly Art.


“Blue Star”


Jean-Luc Garbo said...

Now that is pretty enjoyable. A little better than Best Coast, too.

jenniferpkelly said...

Yeah, it's nice, but probably not much more than that.

I do not understand the Best Coast phenomenon.

Jean-Luc Garbo said...

I like a number of their songs, but in light of some of your recent reviews I see why it's not your thing. Which isn't bad! At least real garage rock is alive somewhere.