Tuesday Reviews – The Sea and Cake / Barely March

Today on the Tuesday Review, we want to share with you two new albums that have us singing like little kids, thinking about our high school days. One of them is full of that punkish vibe from the early 2000s, while the other is bringing the post-rock genre to a new dimension with a country-like jazzy vibe that we haven’t heard before like that.

The Sea and Cake – Any Day

Well, this is a band that everybody should know by now, but they’re actually not in that spot yet. Some reviewers say that they have been taken for granted too much, claiming that they’re already a staple in their own genre. This is not far from the truth, as they are pioneers of a sound they have nurtured over the years.

It’s pretty awesome how they have been able to create a good sequence with all their albums, seeming almost like if they’re composing music for the next before launching the current one. In this record, John McEntire’s guitar sound is amazing, with gliding notes all over the place, on the other hand, Archer Prewitt released all of his jazz background on his guitar and keyboard tracks.

This record challenges the idea of constant change for a working band, advocating for a solid sounding discography with a similar taste on every album.

Barely March – Barely March

Coming out with a recorded-at-home album, Barely March are here to make us think about when we were younger and things didn’t matter as much, also when love was the biggest concern in our head. In this record, the absurdity of post-breakup depression gets totally exposed as it is. The pop-punk nostalgia train just came out of the station.

This is one of the newest albums portraying the Long Island Punk genre, which is also very adequate for these type of lyrics. The wall-of-sound guitars with too much compression add to the mix. The record isn’t clean, we’ll admit that, but it’s coming directly from the heart. The emo melodrama is something that’s not for everyone, but when someone makes it right, you got to give credit.

Composer Chris Keough got dumped and spent the whole winter writing and recording in his mother’s laptop about his anxiety, his solitude, and his willingness to feel like a total loser. He made it right.

These are the two records that wow us the most this week. We’re not sure about how we’re going to feel about next week’s releases, but when we do, we’ll be here to post it and discuss about it. Until the next one, keep the music going.