Seahawks, Invisible Sunrise

Lee Smith

By Lee Smith

on 11.22.11 in Reviews

In less than two years, the British duo Seahawks have amassed an impressive discography of cosmic retro-house singles, all of which honed an intentionally throwback sound that deftly avoided bland new age cliché. This first full-length, released on their own Captain’s Log imprint, makes the leap from the sampler to the studio, counterpointing the slick electronics they’ve become known for with a smattering of bona fide instrumentation from various friends and session players.

Just the right trade-off between kitsch and conviction

Opener “Love On A Mountain Top” is the most sprightly of the bunch, utilising a hypnotic pulse that wouldn’t be out of place in a club set by Norwegian cosmic dons like Prins Thomas or Todd Terje. From here it’s a Technicolor trip back to some half-remembered vision of the ’80s, blending warm-hearted pop melodrama with unfettered power drums and fleetingly tropical flourishes. From gloriously strung out tracks like “Catch A Star” and “Crystal Beach” to the reverb-heavy swing minimalism of “Fire In The Sky,” on to the smooth electric piano ambience of title track, the duo always pick their references with just the right trade-off between kitsch and conviction, having fun with their fetish without getting lost in irony.