Written by Josh Sudman
Drawing from shoegaze, dream pop, and a little funk, Washington, DC-based band The Sea LIfe has, with their latest EP Transitions, successfully delivered both a technically impressive and immediately enjoyable sound. The album’s title rings true throughout each song, utilizing instrumental transitions to smooth verses and perfect melodies — a move that is evidence of the evolution within the DC garage rock community recent move towards a more complex, dream pop-influenced sound.
“Prozac and Merlot" drips with flange and melancholy. “Transitions” is upbeat and lively, and represents a shift in the tone of the album — the band does its best to constantly shake things up, never repeating the style of each song. “Skinnybones” incorporates both funk and surf elements into traditional indie-pop, fitting within the dreamy feel of the post-punk scene in DC while paving its own unique sound. Each song within Transitions can stand alone, yet aids the EP’s artistic goal of representing a diverse range of sound.
As East Coast pop bands have continued to grow and release quality music, the genre itself has undergone a transition, incorporating a variety of styles and often more daring layers of production. The heavy shift towards what the band refers to as “shroomy Washington” is indicative of the transition of the communal sound of the garage scene. The Sea Life continues to be significant figures in defining this music scene as it shapes.
Listen to more music by The Sea Life at their Bandcamp.