A couple of summers ago, Silversun Pickups came to town to do a live, free show in a park in Downtown St. Louis. As a fan, probably one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. However, during the song “Future Foe Scenarios,” lightning struck during the climax of the song – ending the show once the song was over. I left dissapointed, as two of their major songs were left off of the setlist (“Panic Switch” and “Lazy Eye”), and I was left wondering if there was even a slight possibility of some new material. Of course, that didn’t happen. Instead, we were left in the rain.
Quite fitting if you look at the cover art for Seasick, their new “single” that was just released on iTunes. However, this is not just a single as advertised, but a three song EP. And I couldn’t be more excited for their junior release.
SONG 1: “Seasick”
The title track to the EP is an almost seven minute glide through a genuinely relaxing, atmospheric backdrop, as Brian Aubert and Nikki Monninger’s chorus’ caresses us throughout. I almost fell asleep while listening to this rather gentle song, until about four minutes into it, as everything starts swooning up to their big conclusion. Probably on my list of favorite SSPU songs for sure.
SONG 2: “Broken Bottles”
This one caught me by surprise in the beginning. Nikki’s vocals sounded very light and peppy, which originally turned me off. However, once the song picked itself up, it fit in perfectly. If you can imagine a mix of “Panic Switch” and “Well Thought Out Twinkles,” then you have “Broken Bottles.” Definitely one that you will have to listen to more than once to get the full taste of the song.
SONG 3: “Ribbons & Detours”
The closer is in the same type of feeling that “Seasick” brought up, however not as long and a lot more abstract. The song doesn’t have a true pick-up point, but it became more or less a highlight piece for Nikki. Not much of anything into this track, but it doesn’t need it. Still a solid song – not as solid as the other two before it, but nevertheless.
I’ve been waiting for the day that some new Silversun Pickups material would surface, and wouldn’t you know, it’s here. After a couple of listens, I’m already wanting a full project. Carnavas was great, Swoon was great, and if these three singles are any indication, their next album should fit in just fine. It might be a little bit more atmospheric, but a small change like that is nothing that will hurt them in the long run.
If you’re a SSPU fan, than stop reading this and go on and listen to it on loop for a little while.
Final Grade: A-
Go Download: Each of the three songs.