The Seamonsters Release first 2019 Track ‘Blue Movie Baby’
The Seamonsters are one of a clutch of bands aiming to really break through in 2019, and the Sheffield six-piece are back with new single ‘Blue Movie Baby’. With glances at the new-wave sparkle of Anteros and the retro vibe of Black Honey, it’s an enjoyable track .
Despite comparisons with their contemporaries, they have a sound which is distinctly their own. ‘Blue Movie Baby’ is reminiscent of the likes of ‘Lost (And Found)’ and ‘Max and Archie’, while simultaneously managing to feel pretty fresh and invigorating.
It starts strongly, with Naomi Mann’s vocals and sugar-sweet harmonies over an infectious riff. The tempo increases for the chorus of “Where are you/blue movie baby”, but it’s almost too fast – it feels as if the main refrain is being frantically skimmed past. When the chorus is essentially just the aforementioned line repeated a few times, it lacks substance and doesn’t match up to the rest of the song.
About halfway through, there’s a brief instrumental section which breathes new life into the song. Mann’s singing, once re-introduced, is more delicate and waiflike, gradually accelerating alongside the guitar as the track nears its finish. “Where are you/blue movie?” Mann again enquires, this time a capella and echoing in vain, as the music eventually grinds to a halt. Although not flawless, ‘Blue Movie Baby’ is an impressive statement of intent from a band continuing to find their place in the post-NME indie world.
Words By Adam England
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