13 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Teen-pop jangle meets soft-rock dreaminess on Seapony’s debut, Go with Me. The Seattle trio favors pastel colors and muted emotional tones, conveyed by Jen Weidl’s coolly waifish vocals, Danny Rowland’s cleanly drawn guitar lines, and Ian Brewer’s understated but insistent bass. There are echoes of Velocity Girl here, as well as the gentler side of Mazzy Star. The band’s songwriting hits the ear like a subliminal mélange of ‘60s girl-group hits with traces of darker emotions seething under the surface. The breezy glide of “Emma’s House” and “Blue Star” find balance in the mellow jazz caress of “Late Summer” and the surf guitar thrust of “Into the Sea.” Weidl savors sweet infatuation in “Dreaming” and takes quiet relish in giving a guy the cold shoulder in “Go Away.” Within these tunes' simple structures, Seapony takes a few chances and gives itself room to breathe, particularly when Rowland slips in a chiming guitar solo amid the programmed drum tracks. Taken as a whole, Go with Me is a billowy parfait of pop sounds that reveals subtle (and slightly disquieting) highlights with repeated listening.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Teen-pop jangle meets soft-rock dreaminess on Seapony’s debut, Go with Me. The Seattle trio favors pastel colors and muted emotional tones, conveyed by Jen Weidl’s coolly waifish vocals, Danny Rowland’s cleanly drawn guitar lines, and Ian Brewer’s understated but insistent bass. There are echoes of Velocity Girl here, as well as the gentler side of Mazzy Star. The band’s songwriting hits the ear like a subliminal mélange of ‘60s girl-group hits with traces of darker emotions seething under the surface. The breezy glide of “Emma’s House” and “Blue Star” find balance in the mellow jazz caress of “Late Summer” and the surf guitar thrust of “Into the Sea.” Weidl savors sweet infatuation in “Dreaming” and takes quiet relish in giving a guy the cold shoulder in “Go Away.” Within these tunes' simple structures, Seapony takes a few chances and gives itself room to breathe, particularly when Rowland slips in a chiming guitar solo amid the programmed drum tracks. Taken as a whole, Go with Me is a billowy parfait of pop sounds that reveals subtle (and slightly disquieting) highlights with repeated listening.

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About Seapony

Taking their cue from the indie pop bands of yore (particularly twee pop acts like the Softies, Talulah Gosh, and the Field Mice), Seapony sound every bit as dreamy, soft, and sweet as their name implies. Seapony formed in 2010, when Danny Rowland (the band's primary songwriter) moved back to Seattle with his girlfriend (and soon to be lead vocalist for Seapony), Jen Weidl. They teamed up with bassist Ian Brewer, Rowland's childhood friend and former bandmate, and the band was born. The newly minted trio wasted no time in recording an album's worth of tunes. Shortly after posting a handful of finished tracks online, the band was picked up by then fledgling label Double Denim Records, which released Seapony's debut 7" single, Dreaming. The band's profile enjoyed a healthy boost thanks to the single; by the time 2011 rolled around, Dreaming was featured on Pitchfork and made its way into the rotation on college radio stations. Seapony played their very first live gig soon thereafter, rounding out their live lineup with the help of their friend John Bryan on drums. The band's debut full-length album, Go with Me, was released on Hardly Art in 2011. Seapony embarked on their first U.S. tour to support the album, appearing onstage with the likes of the Beets and Beach Fossils. The band recorded its second album at home, then went to Dub Narcotic Studios to mix it before sending the finished product off to the legendary Kramer for mastering. The result of all this work was 2012's Falling. After the promotional push for the album was over, the group went on a long hiatus. When they came back with third album A Vision in 2015, they had a new label (their own imprint, Burrito Thirty), a new drummer (Aaron Voros), and a newly relaxed approach to their indie pop sound. ~ Margaret Reges

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