The press for this record started out like this: "Seekonk makes
music that is sad and warm and wise". That's a very bold statement
for a debut record from a young band. But it is true, every word of
it. This is music that is rich with texture, mature and dignified
in an age that looks down its punk-rock nose at that type of thing.
There is rarely a hint of distortion in these songs; clean jangling
guitars and atmospheric nuances are the order of the day. This is
music to sit down with and peruse the depths of one's own soul. This
is sleepy music that simultaneously engages and numbs the senses.
It is art.
Comparisons to Slowdive are immediate and are certainly not
unwarranted. At times, the music drifts along on its own wings with
nary a care, and then suddenly is caught in a fury of tenuous energy.
The songs go from soft and speculative to intense and compelling and
right back again in an effortless cycle of sound. It has been some
time since a debut record came along with this kind of immediate impact
and strength of character. Each of the eight songs contained on For
Barbara Lee are masterful sketches of mood and beauty. From the
eerie drive of "20 Degrees" to the ambient texture of "The
Delivery" Seekonk delivers exactly what its press promises.
Sad. Warm. Wise. They forgot beautiful. So I add it here for them.
So, here's the basic lowdown. If you like bands like Slowdive, Spain,
Mazzy Star, Snowpony, Drugstore, Cocteau Twins,
The Autumns and The Moon Seven Times, then you will
most assuredly fall in love with Seekonk. I did.
2. Swim Again
3. Hate The Sun
4. The Delivery
5. 20 Degrees
6. You Got What Was Coming To You
7. Tiny Lustre
8. Maps Of Egypt
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