ALBUM DEPENDENT, METROPOLIS RELEASE:
JANUARY 19, 2004 REVIEW: FEBRUARY 2, 2004
had some real trepidation about this band due to the haze that is "futurepop"
which is sometimes assigned to them. But fear not. Seabound are no pathetic
bunch of sots who would fall into this "category". No, rather,
they are first-class musicians and even more importantly, lyricists. When
their press release stated that the listener ought to get to know them
in terms of their songs, I balked. Their debut had done nothing for me.
Indeed, I found it quite capable of inducing an aural flatline of sorts.
two fellows, Frank Spinath (vocals) and Martin Vorbrodt (music) have spent
three years working on this new album and it shows. There is an assured
voice now working in Seabound and a programmer who understands the understated.
This alone makes them stand-outs. I really like the darkwave sound which
is evolving into their nexxus, it reminds me of Silke Bischoff/18 Summers
and Deine Lakaien. But it is no copy. Seabound's much-ballyhooed lyrical
ability is well founded. Songs like "Digital" marry both coldy
precise sequences to indisputably unhinged words. I cannot stop playing
"Soul Diver", "Separation", "Torch" or "Watching
over You". They are the four stand-out tracks on this album. Precise
and moody, these songs have given me faith in these two gentlemen like
never before. They vary the tempo marvelously on their sophomore effort.
This album is less a collection of songs and more a hoard of iconoclastic
vignettes. Each with its own personality and feel.
thank them effusively for making such an excellent record.