Sea Girls – ‘Open up your Head’ | Album Review

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Sea Girls release debut album Open up your Head

A solid debut

Label: Polydor

After what seems like a long 3 years since they arrived on the indie scene with Call me out, finally Sea Girls have released their debut album, Open up your head

This album tackles hard themes such as mental health, changing your image and unhealthy relationships, with a somewhat generic but successful indie approach. 

The album is kicked off with ‘Transplant‘. This song instantly struck me as Sam Fender-esque. We are given a poppy ringing guitar track and a very anthemic chorus that doesn’t fail to please. The story given to us is one of unreturned love, a very accessible theme for the audience to grasp onto, Henry and the boys are able to keep it simple yet catchy.  

Call me out‘ has been a fan favourite for years, and I can assure you this will not be changing anytime soon! This song is very easily the lads at their best. The track opens with cool and steady chord progression supported by a succession of drumbeats (reminiscent of a beating heart) and Henry’s powerful vocals and it is enough to give a person chills. Once the song kicks in we are thrown into an infectious chorus that will have you singing it for days with a bridge that is brilliantly fit in.

The story of this song focuses around changing for a lover but not really seeing the difference, you’re only doing it to be what they want. The bridge, ‘I’ll be waiting when you come and call‘ then furthers this sad tale as it explores being there even when the other person isn’t. The sadness of this tale is brilliantly disguised by the upbeat and poppy nature of the song, possibly deepening the meaning of being disappointed waiting around for someone but putting on a brave face. 

Arguably my favourite track off this album (and by the guys altogether) is ‘Violet‘. This song explores the start of love, being nervous around that other person (‘Forgot my lines everytime we spoke‘) and the overall willingness to do anything to be with them. It’s a very innocent tale, almost a learning curve, it seems they have never won anyone before and are unsure how to do it. This tune us amazingly catchy with a huge anthemic chorus, it is also brilliantly mixed and composed. 

The penultimate track ‘You over anyone?‘ is also in contention to be my favourite track. This song is a hugely raw and upsetting journey of being so in love with someone that you will do absolutely anything for them no matter how much they hurt you. The lyricism from ‘Camamile‘ is simple yet hard hitting, his vocals are on top form. We are provided with a very brilliant and welcome change of pace for the album, the singular piano track and the isolated vocals of Henry really help in reflecting his feelings as he sings, he is on his own despite his efforts to be a part of something more. 

Overall this album can come across as generic in places, but that doesn’t mean that it fails to hit the mark. With brilliant poppy tracks and nicely crafted lyricism this album will help you deal with any cravings you have for some fresh  indie bangers, whilst giving you some pleasant familiarity. 

Words by Jack Horsley

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