With one album and four EP’s under their belt, it wouldn’t be controversial to say that Sea Girls have never made a bad song. Now, their much awaited second album Homesick has been released to the world.The quartet from London have been culminating their fan base into a loyal army of euphoric guitar lovers.
The album is comprised of thirteen songs – some already known and well loved, some brand new. Sea Girls take us on a journey of growth, love, and relationships through euphoric guitars and powerful lyrics.
The opening three tracks have already been released to the world. Hometown is a nostalgic reflection of adolescence to the tune of a strong bass line and whiny guitars. Lead singer Henry Camamile sings about those first encounters with alcohol, drugs, and love. ‘I watched your nose bleed out, we didn’t talk cos it wasn’t cool to talk about’ are some strong lyrics. It’s an honest and intimate track as he talks about the toxic aspect of growing up. From adolescence to full blown adulthood, this band then turn to Sick to refer to the desire to be young again. It’s a well thought out track that juxtaposes sombre lyrics with an elated soundtrack.
Someone’s Daughter Someone’s Son features an intimate guitar riff in its slow opening until it bursts with a wall of sound. As euphoric guitars layer over booming drums, the quartet look towards the memories of a formative relationship once it’s over. As one of my favourites on the album, Paracetamol Blues opens with charging guitars that build a solid foundation for the rest of the song. The lyrics are a gentle insight into the insecurities we carry in a relationship as ‘I don’t like myself but maybe you do’. It’s a song that carries lots of weight.
Lucky is a song that is especially apt at the minute. It speaks about the possibility of being born in different contexts, and being grateful for where you are right now. ‘Sometimes people grow up in war, not knowing what the adults are fighting for’ is a tuneful lyric that feels especially relevant at the minute.
Turning the energy down, Sea Girls draft in the acoustic guitar to prove that their slow songs are just as good as their lively. Cute Guys fuses intricate fingerpicking with Andrew Noswad’s prominent bass and subtle techno sounds to build a powerful wall. That’s until towards the end of the tune when an electric guitar comes in with full force. Suddenly the tone swaps to one of anger and catharsis.
Following on, Friends opens with an acoustic before building into a joyous tune with an optimistic message. Oli Khan’s buoyant drums contribute to a song that is focused on enjoying time with the people you care about. ‘Cos every second you’re not wasting is one you’ll never get back’ is the transcendent message embodied within that song.
Guitarist Rory Young uses his electric to build layers of intriguing riffs that add depth to their songs. This is especially true for Higher which is an infectious bundle of guitars that explore jealousy from an upbeat angle. Watch Your Step is a similarly fun tune that will be intoxicating to watch with a crowd of giddy gig-goers.
To close off the album, I Got You is a reflective love song. ‘You always put your hands where you want to, it saves me’ are wistful lyrics that explore the relationship we all desire. It’s a gentle end to an album that will take you on an energetic journey.
It’s clear that Sea Girls are well and truly comfortable in their own sound, and Homesick is an album that will enchant even more people to fall in love with them.
Homesick is available as of March 18th on on limited edition vinyl* and digitally.