We Review The New EP From Beachcomber – A Sea Above

Sheffield indie-rockers Beachcomber blends dreamy guitars with even dreamier vocals for their ocean-esc EP, A Sea Above.

Whilst Sheffield may be lacking in beautiful beaches to walk along and investigate, Beachcomber, stay true to its name and provide warm and refreshing sounds so it’s almost the same thing.

The EP feels conceptual and that’s not only just looking at the track names. The way the dreampop and jangly guitar tracks flow into the next makes it hard to know which track has finished and the next has begun.

Deep Blue is an upbeat piece with quick-paced drums and catchy verse/chorus vocal deliveries. It resembles the sound Sam Fender was putting out on his first record which is vibrant. The driving bass guitar which is notable throughout the EP is classic dreampop where there is a constant sense of build-up, but at the same time is incredibly rhythmic.

Whale Noises imitates its track title with sliding guitar notes that progress into multiple picked guitars with effects like chorus and reverb that provide an echo and atmospheric mood. The guitars are certainly at the focus here as the vocals take a more drowned-out step back. At the same time in the verses, it does feel as though the vocals are swimming in between both guitar riffs.

Whale Noises is a track you can close your eyes, put your head back and drift away to. It’s one of those genres where you want the music to carry you. It was a sound that made a heavy comeback in the early 2010s with artists such as DIIV and Jaws who the band stated as influences, but even now, dreampop is a genre that when done right is timeless.

Again has a lighter feel to it from both the instrumentation delivery and mood of the track. The title track is repeated at the end of every sentence to build up the repetition of the self-loathing emotion of the track and is a suitable name for a sound that’s all about repetition.

Shallows is the perfect way to finish off this sunny EP. It has the emotion of things coming to an end and also a moment to reflect. The vocal harmonisations take hold of the track while the guitars are pushed aside and bass riffs are slower than what we’ve heard. The hi-hat and snare combo through the verses makes the rhythms that revolve around it emotionally and provides perspective.

The chorus build-ups before instantly cutting off to steadier riffs make way for an explosive outro that’s an onslaught of each representative instrument and charming vocals. If I had to find something wrong with this EP, it’s that I can’t hit replay quick enough and now the band has got me wishing for summer and warm beaches.

The group from Kelham Island has filled my ears with sunshine and has certainly caught my attention.