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Album Review: Seafoam by Kamikaze Girls

Kamikaze Girls release their debut album, Seafoam, on 9th June via Big Scary Monsters. Building upon their 2016 EP SAD, Seafoam finds the band in a more positive state of equilibrium, and a little more at ease with the ups and downs of life.

Opening the album with the cuttingly honest missive of ‘One Young Man’, it’s a track which immediately sheds some light on the experience which gave birth to the writing conditions Lucinda Livingstone laboured under on the previous record. In September 2014, she was robbed at gun point on her way to work in the early hours of the morning. It lead to an episode of PTSD which forced her out of work, her home and reignited old struggles with anxiety and depression. “I had a lot of night terrors and flashbacks,” she says of the experience “It pretty much wrote off that year of my life, and even these days anywhere I walk on my own or when it’s dark it’s in the back of my mind. I didn’t properly get over it until I moved to Brighton, so I didn’t have to walk near the same place anymore.”

There’s a sense of triumph coming from Seafoam. You’re taken through the band’s sense of closure and acceptance. With the band being completed by drummer Conor Dawson their personal lives are laid bare and allowed the band to grow into a stunning and formidable Force majeure. “I remember saying to Lucinda when we were at the Eiffel Tower last year that this was all because of our stupid little band,” says Dawson of their long period of touring in late 2016 “We’ve managed to travel across continents and meet some of the most amazing people and musicians along the way. That will never not have an effect on me.”

While you must credit Seafoam for being a deeply personal album, musically it sees Kamikaze Girls excelling and becoming more than just another Riot Grrrl act. Compared to last year’s EP it stands head and shoulders above it in terms of quality. At times, it’s heavier and more abrasive like in ‘KG Goes To The Pub’ and conversely there’s shoegaze moments in the expansive and soaring ‘Lights & Sounds’. Altogether its bigger, more ambitious and more accomplished. It’s an album that distils modern life into 40 minutes – relevant and resonating.

AD Rating 8.5/10

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