Sea Power – Everything Was Forever (Album Review)

Sea Power – Everything Was Forever (Album Review)

Surfacing from the deep waves of British Sea Power, the band known now as Sea Power have released Everything Was Forever, their seventh studio full-length–the first under the new moniker.

Released on February 18, 2022 digitally and on CD and vinyl May 6th in North America via Absolute/BFD/The Orchard, Everything Was Forever is the first for the band under the Sea Power name since changing it in 2021. A 22-year-old British band -currently consisting of Jan Scott Wilkinson (vocals, guitar), Neil Hamilton Wilkinson (bass, vocals, guitar), Martin Noble (guitar), Matthew Wood (drums), Phil Sumner (cornet, keyboards), and Abi Fry (viola) – this is really their eighth overall studio album. Not skipping a beat, it is yet another sonic powerhouse drenched in a texture of flanged guitars and synth washes.

Consisting of ten songs, it opens with the subtly flowing grace of “Scaring at the Sky.” The mood then suddenly gets energized by the effervescent groove of “Transmitter.” The single “Two Fingers” then follows seamlessly with its echoing grates and crunches. The melancholy and melody of “Fire Escape in the Sea” then make the album, at this point, more alluring and engaging. “Doppelgänger” then returns the album to the trademark rockin’, frenetic punch of Sea Power of old, reminiscent of early songs such as “Remember Me” and “It Ended on an Oily Stage.” The ensuing “Fear Eats the Soul,” on the other hand, takes the listener back to the submarine calmness and grandeur of 2015’s Sea of Brass.

Moving forward, the Dance Rock aura of “Folly” makes it sound like a shortlisted track off Everything Was Forever‘s predecessor, 2017’s Let the Dancers Inherit the Party. With “Green Goddess,” Sea Power then quickly reverts to the anthemic disposition of 2007’s “Waving Flags.” And then there is “Lakeland Echo,” another sparse musical expression of serenity and grandiosity. Finally,–wraps up their latest offering with the deep-sea cold, waltzy, Alternative Folk-stylized “We Only Want to Make You Happy.”

Sea Power is definitely a blue-diamond cut above its contemporaries. It never fails to amaze, inspire, surprise, engage, and enamor themselves with its longtime enthusiasts, as well as divers young and old of anything that combines Indie and Rock in perfect symmetry. Indeed, everyone is happy. Another worthy addition to the enduring Sea Power’s treasure chest of discography, Cryptic Rock gives Everything Was Forever 4 out of 5 stars.

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Born in 1971, in Metro Manila, Philippines, aLfie vera mella is a healthcare worker, singer/songwriter, and editor/writer. He was the frontman of the ’90s-peaking Philippine Alternative Rock / New Wave band Half Life Half Death, which released a full-length album and several singles on Viva Records. aLfie worked at Diwa Scholastic Press as an editor/writer of academic textbooks and supplementary magazines, focusing on Science & Technology and English Grammar & Literature. In 2003, aLfie migrated to Canada; he has since been living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He works full-time at a healthcare institution, while serving as the associate contributing editor of Filipino Journal—a local community newspaper in Winnipeg—tackling Literature, Languages, Cultures, Lifestyles, and Music. As a means to further his passion for music, he formed the band haLf man haLf eLf. He now performs with another band, The Psychedelics. aLfie has been a music journalist since the mid-’90s for various print magazines as well as websites. He began writing album reviews for CrypticRock in 2015. In 2016, aLfie published Part One (Literature & Languages and Their Cultural Significance) of his Essay Series, Can You Hear the Sound of a Falling Leaf? His next planned literary endeavor is to publish the remaining parts of the anthology and his works on Poetry, Fantasy Fiction, and Mythology. In his spare time, he enjoys reading books and listening to music. He participates at various community events; and he explores the diverse cultural beauty of Canada whenever his schedule permits it. aLfie is a doting and dedicated father to his now ten-year-old son, Evawwen.

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