Album Reviews

Sea Girls – Homesick

(Polydor) UK release date: 18 March 2022

A decent listen from start to finish, this London quartet’s follow-up to their Top 10 debut is impressive in its consistency

Sea Girls - Homesick Homesick, the title of Sea Girls’ second full length release after 2020 debut Open Up Your Head, pretty much sums up the theme of the collection in one word. Lyrics continually explore the recent past – teenage years awash with early relationships, mainly – amid the feeling of moving on from the comfort zone of the parental safety blanket.

Once again, the London quartet have been heralded as the new darlings of certain areas of the musical press that shower bands with praise before spitting them out rather distastefully. Hopefully these boys will learn not to pay too much attention to such hype and keep their feet firmly placed, for they possess a considerable amount of talent and promise, not least the ability to write catchy numbers that stick in heads.

Hometown opens the album and the shimmering guitars on display recall that early Editors trait, although there’s little in the way of the pessimistic gloom the Birmingham band deliver elsewhere in their work. Sea Girls’ sound leans more towards the likes of Bastille, The Amazons or more recently Inhaler than anything post-punk related, and that’s the area where they’ll probably find they have a big audience. During the catchy cut, frontman Henry Camamile tells of remembering being 17 and leaving someone behind, an ex-girlfriend maybe, and the lyrics are likely to connect to many teenage lives.

Lonely kicks off with a spaghetti western like whistle before another catchy number takes shape, again bemoaning the loss of a girl – “lonely when I’m not with you”, “I wish you could be here”, “you’ve been living in the back of my head” – leaving you in little doubt as to the woes within. Sleeping With You does the same – “never forget her” – although this time it’s more of a feel of being with someone whilst his head is clearly somewhere else, or with someone else.

Despite its subject matter offering little variation, there’s plenty to like about Homesick. Watch Your Step reminds of The 1975’s early efforts, Someone’s Daughter – probably the pinnacle of the album – races along perfectly as it reaches soaring heights with its familiar theme (“by myself”, “you went away”) and a blazing guitar section towards the conclusion of the falsetto-based Cute Guys is an impressive detour. There are, unfortunately, numerous unnecessary expletives throughout the album that make you feel that it’s more because they can use them rather than they need to use them – all a bit like that time in school when your teacher encourages you to use them as part of a drama class and then everyone goes completely overboard. In fact, “fuck” or “fucking” becomes expected, from Sick – where Camamile tells of being sick of just about everything – to Lucky where confidence flows (“I’m on fire tonight”), the aforementioned Cute Guys, and the anthemic Friends.

The lovelorn subject matter is at times overbearing, but nevertheless Homesick is a decent listen from start to finish and its consistency is impressive. You won’t find a great deal of originality in the album and there’s a strong likeness to many bands that have gone before, but with the right audience Homesick should do very well. There’s also plenty to suggest this band could actually be delivering on that hype, but level heads will be needed to ensure they don’t disappear once the press find someone else to drool over.

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