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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Blaze Away with Sea Lions' Joyously Stoned Debut Album

Posted By on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 9:10 AM


Listen to this while high: Sea LionsEverything You Always Wanted to Know About Sea Lions But Were Afraid to Ask.


Behind the buzz:

These D.I.Y. brats outta Oxnard with a nice line in spirited tunefulness impressive enough for the reliably tasteful people at Oakland's Slumberland Records to release the derivatively titled debut album Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sea Lions But Were Afraid to

Ask. Occupying flackery invokes the grab-bag asymmetry of Lou Reed, Sun Ra,

Syd Barrett, and Orange Juice, a compound that evokes a broad spectrum of

neo-pop and narco-noise. The album drops Dec. 22.

Today's weed:

Fire O.G.

Scenes from a Dayglo Ventura

County: "Intro" is a tasty 34-second lagniappe preceding the gentle

maelstrom of "I Should Be Sleeping," which acquits the Syd Barrett namecheck

admirably in its winsome goofiness. Frontman Adrien Pillado's voice puts me in

mind of the amiably gosh-wow smartass inflections Eddie

Argos brings to Art Brut. "Grown Up" and "Tell You" are both ventures into

sunshine pop yesteryear, and "A Cloud" sounds like one of Jonathan Richman's

coyer sentiments painted over with fructose. "Look" is tuneful and swathed in

the most rarefied melancholy, like some joint Bob Lind or The Cryan Shames

might've rolled back when LBJ hauled up dogs and aides alike by their ears.

"Rainfall" marks this album as too relentlessly cheery to acquit the Lou Reed

comparison, but ends in a nice splatter of wet pet sounds anyway. The chiming

riff of "I Don't Wanna Go Out" and surf rock sheen of "I Loved Her So Much" are

delights to any THC-sensitized ears and "What's the Point?" flashes by with a

rattle of tambourine. "Running in Circles" is scarcely long enough to complete

any arc, but "Untitled (Guitar)" is a nice sourball instrumental dropped in

this assortment box of sweetmeats. "My Girl" is unpretentious lament, "As Times

Change" a confession of learned helplessness, and "A Song for Your Smile" plays

us out with a moody twilight surf instrumental that begins all romper stomper

and ends in a snakish rattle of tambourines.

Psychoactive verdict:

Hard to believe they get this high in Oxnard.


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