Seapony – Falling album review

It has been two odd years since we’ve heard anything from dream-pop triplet Seapony. Back then it was a shiny new debut album entitled Go With Me given to us in May of 2011 (published by indie label, Hardly Art). It was a new album and a new experience for the Mid-West natives released during that happy-go-lucky time of the year when we idly sit and wait for a new summer, ready for the passing of winter and gloom. Today, it’s round two with the release of a LP with the title Falling.

Last May, Seapony did well to establish their sound and their presence as a band. Tracks like “Dreaming” and “Blue Star” introduced us to the reverb-loaded wanderings of Seapony’s sound and we became acquainted with the endless space the sound seemed to inhabit. Overall, the album was complete and intriguing.

They say the sophomore release is one that defines an artist or group. Creating something for the first time is difficult enough but creating again, manifesting something for the second time which is as good or better than the first, that’s the real challenge. Luckily enough for Seapony, it seems this task wasn’t so daunting. The now Seattle natives have adapted well to their industry.

Falling, without a doubt, maintains the heavy reverb and space-out ponderings we’ve come to expect from Seapony. The slow and steady opener, “Outside,” provides a seamless transition from May 2011 to September 2012. A year’s time has proven a healthy stretch for the task of perpetuating their sound. Moving deeper into the album, existing fans have to be happy with “Follow” and “Be Alone” especially. The six-minute and three-second one-two punch sets the bar for Falling, defining Seapony as a band which is carefully imaginative and self-aware.

Like the first album, the physical alteration of sound in every track creates a breed of music that has a distinct, aired-out and expansive quality. The second release compels the listener to follow in the wake of the music’s wake, tethered to and pulled along by painless tonal changes and balanced rhythms. Falling is both smooth and frazzled at the edges. It’s right in front of you and floating off into the cosmos behind you. It’s traceable and yet remote. Needless to say, it’s a sound, solid effort.

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