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Sea Pinks

Belfast, N Ireland, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE

Belfast, N Ireland, United Kingdom | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2010
Band Alternative Rock


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"Premiere: Sea Pinks - Depth of Field"

Sea Pinks are a guitar pop trio from Northern Ireland, a group who match lush, dreamy choruses to a sense of lyrical introversion that tumbles through the melancholic.

New album 'Soft Days' is set to arrive in January, and it's a rich, poetic introduction from a three-piece who are rapidly coming into their own.

Clash is able to unveil details of the full length alongside new cut 'Depth Of Field'. Akin to The Go-Betweens if they were born in a slightly colder climate, you can tune in below. - Clash

"Sea Pinks - Dreaming Tracks"

Rating: ★★★★½

Sea Pinks are a group from Belfast, whose Bandcamp page touts that they got their start by being “inspired by sea glass, bleached grass and ghost guitars.” That being said, their catalogue, including their incredible most recent full length Freak Waves, adheres to these stimuli. This time around, the band has come out and said it— it’s no coincidence that Dreaming Tracks is called just that.

“Dream Happening” is a killer way to open the album, let alone an album called Dreaming Tracks. There’s this moment of suspense before the band starts with a long drawn out note, and in this brief space that somehow seems like it lasts forever, you are dying, waiting for the band to kick off and get going. When they begin, its like a bath of warmth and light- the guitars are springy and bounce through the tune, while the vocals mirror this effect. The drums are easy, popping along in the background, giving you the perfect head bobbing little rock jam. Here is a wonderful way to begin.

There are some noticeable differences from last go round, mostly in the production of the sound. It seems like there is a clearer quality in this recording—they’ve cut the little bit of fuzz on the guitars and vocals, which makes this album lean more towards the outright jangly rock genre and less so in the camp of garage rock. However, it’s not completely gone from the fuzz, but rather Dreaming Tracks takes things to the detached garage level of jangly rock. This shift is apparent on “Waiting For You (To Go),” in which the guitars cleanly flit and flirt in and out of the percussion, vocals and more cello (who doesn’t love any kind of strings in indie rock?). There’s a certain clean tightness to the guitar work, especially in the breakdown at the end of the track and the freshness does the band good on this album to prevent a replica of their past record.

It’s also very important that the presence of the cello in a lot of the tracks gets noted—simply put that cello pulls me right back in each time I start to wander in the guitar riffs. Take beauty and end track “Invisible Lines” for example, in which the breaks for the string work gives the track an elegance that is totally unexpected for this genre. And yet, it works so well, not only with the jingle jangle, but with deep cutting lyrics as well; the last line of the song is “You’re in the prime of your life/you’re in the dreamtime between worlds.” It’s these little touches that remind you that you’re listening to damn well crafted music here.

Honestly, Sea Pinks can do no wrong by my ears—these last two albums have been spectacular collections of deeply interesting, as well as enjoyable songs. What are you doing still reading this review when you could be jamming? Go listen! GO! - Austin Town Hall

"Sea Pinks - Dreaming Tracks"

I cannot predict where I will find one of my favorite albums of the year. Sometimes it is an eagerly anticipated release from a long favorite band. Sometimes it is a new and exciting talent that hits the scene to broad critical acclaim. And sometimes, as it the case with Dreaming Tracks, it is an album from a solo-project-turned-full-band. Neil Brogan has been the drummer for Belfast's Girls Names. But it turns out that Neil also has a way with the guitar, a knack for songwriting and some things he wants to express. Of course, none of this is a complete secret, as he has prior Sea Pinks releases to his credit, including the fine Freak Waves of several years ago. However, to my ears Dreaming Tracks represents a clear step up in writing, scope of expression, performance, and I dare say, ambition.

From the initial cello notes of the opening track "Dream Happening" (radio edit below without the cello opening), to the buoyant indie rock of "Art Imitating Life", to the hints of sophisticated '60 guitar pop of "Meat & Drink", to the taut, driving "Waiting for You (to Go)", to the 'big room' alternative rock psychedelia of "Magpies Eyes", to the dusty country rock of "Not Belonging" and "Wasted On You", Neil and his compatriots demonstrate a complete mastery of songs and and astutely blended styles. The guitar tones in particular are an absolute highlight: Resonant, gut-thumping chords; snaking leads; and authoritative bass. Those who fell in love with Sea Pinks will find less fuzz and even a little less jangle than some prior recordings, but the trade off is a more mature expression of indie rock that should place this Belfast, Northern Ireland project alongside Allah Las in the conversation regarding the best current bands playing West Coast guitar rock. If you only have time for one example to evaluate the truth of that statement, check out "Pacific Standard Time" below.

Writing about current music means I live with an album for some weeks, listening multiple times, writing up the album, and then moving on. Time is short, so it is the rare album that continues to get regular play after I publish the post. But Dreaming Tracks is one of those rare albums. In fact, if writing about it meant I couldn't listen to it any more, you wouldn't be reading this because I'd still be "evaluating" the record. Their Facebook page offers that the band is inspired by sea glass, bleached grass and ghost guitars. I don't claim to know what that means, but paraphrasing Abe Lincoln addressing the issue of General Grant's excessive consumption of whiskey, if sea glass, bleached grass and ghost guitars inspire music like Dreaming Tracks, sent a shipment to all of the bands. - When You Motor Away


Youth is Wasted (Cassette Album, 2010) CF Records
Peripheral Vision EP (12" EP, 2011) CF Records
Dead Seas (LP, 2011) CF Records
The Flip Side - Demos & Outtakes Vol.1 (Cassette Album, 2012) 
CF Records
Freak Waves (LP, 2012) CF Records
Exploded View EP (12" EP, 2013) CF Records 



A band from Belfast inspired by sea glass, bleached grass and ghost guitars. Formed in 2010 originally as the solo project of (now ex) Girls Names drummer Neil Brogan, Sea Pinks has since grown to a three piece live band with three full length albums to their name, the most recent of which was the well received Freak Waves (2012). The Exploded View EP followed in late 2013, selling out on pre-orders alone and making many end of year lists.   

"A masterclass in melancholic low-fi pop" Vice

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