HOT PRESS ALBUM REVIEW: THE SILVER SEAS ‘ALASKA’

9 07 2013

Here’s a reprint of the ace new Silver Seas album that ran in Hot Press.

THE SILVER SEAS

Alaska (The Lights Label)

9/10

Key Track: ‘Roxy’

SILVER SEAS’ FOURTH LP GOES FOR GOLD

For the last decade or so, Nashville pop-rockers the Silver Seas have been charming the veritable under-crackers off of a small but strong fan-base with a series of self-released records that could provoke a punch drunk smile out of even the most miserable music fan. Slowly but surely carving out a career as one of the best bands that most of the world has never heard of, the artists formerly known as the Bees (not to be confused with the Isle of Wight-based indie band) have perfected beautiful, breezy, happy-sad tunes that sound timeless and drawn comparisons to Steely Dan and Fleetwood Mac along the way.

 

Alaska is the trio’s fourth record and it’s tailor made for lovers and loners alike. Opening with the album’s title track, the Silver Seas waste little time giving us some golden moments and it’s a piano-driven number that splices Billy Joel pop sensibilities with a vocal that reminds this reviewer a little of Rufus Wainwright. The lyrics are rose-tinted and awkward in equal measure and lines like “Red flannel shirt/With a sad look in your eye/Spring of ’91 you were the dancing girl/I was the guy behind the drums/You said don’t be so shy” draw you in and keep you there throughout the ten tracks.

 

There are a multitude of highlights on Alaska and the likes of the percussive ‘Sea Of Regret’ and the ode to 50s sock hops that is the beautiful ‘I’m The One’ all sound like a band in vintage form. ‘Roxy’ is the pick of the near-perfect pack though and the steel guitar and synth-laden ode to London has an irresistible sweetness to it’s sadness and has a chorus that you’ll be humming all year. Definite contender for album of the year.

 

EDWIN McFEE

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