Last June, I interviewed John Jagos (AKA Brothertiger) and reviewed his debut LP Golden Years. In the interview, he told me about a side project he's been working on called Seafoam, and that he released the debut EP under that moniker last May. Now, finally getting a chance to listen to it after about two months, I feel that I've been depriving myself since learning about its existence.
In all the reverb-soaked riffs and lush vocal mixes, you get four nice songs and a very moody intro track. Unlike many other albums that decide to capitalize on an intro track, this one actually does a fantastic job on giving the listener a little bit of a sneak-peak on what lies ahead. Although all four tracks that appear after the intro are a great example of dream pop fused with baroque pop, the real gem of this release is "Sarah", which could possibly be one of the best tracks of the year.
In all honesty, the approach that Jagos employs on Seafoam EP and Golden Years are very similar, but very diverse. Both records rely heavily on effects, but utilize them in different and unique ways. Both use dream-like vocal mixes, but they sound more natural when used on Seafoam EP. This record is the definition of a great summer record, and is perfect for those lazy days that you just wish would never end.
Seafoam EP is a great example of a record that gives us that certain thing we want and doesn't overstay its welcome. At around 19 minutes, it's the perfect length for an EP. I honestly don't have much more to say about this album that you couldn't find out for yourself at this point. Just go check it out, you will not be disappointed.
B. W. Everett 22/07/12
1. Breakers (Awakening)
2. Collapsed Lung
4. We'll Be Free
5. Goodbye For Now