Except this time, there's not the pressure of several years worth of festival appearances breeding raucous anticipation, EPs and deep cuts becoming niche classics, or fan-favourites that may or may not make that coveted debut. On Open Up Your Head, the name that Sea Girls had made for themselves revolved around how anthemic the likes of "Damage Done", "Open Up Your Head", "All I Want To Hear You Say" et al were, and when you've unleashed your greatest, most euphoric numbers pre-album, it's hard to meet those expectations. The overarching atmosphere of Homesick is catharsis, as usual, but in the sense that Sea Girls are free to explore more sounds, as well as tighten up what they've brought forward from their back catalogue.
A decent listen from start to finish, this London quartet’s follow-up to their Top 10 debut is impressive in its consistency Homesick, the title of Sea Girls' second full length release after 2020 debut Open Up Your Head, pretty much sums up the theme of the collection in one word. Lyrics continually explore the recent past – teenage years awash with early relationships, mainly – amid the feeling of moving on from the comfort zone of the parental safety blanket. Once again, the London quartet have been heralded as the new darlings of certain areas of the musical press that shower bands with praise before spitting them out rather distastefully.
Sea Girls are back, and they're as charming as ever. Following on from their 2020 debut 'Open Up Your Head', 'Homesick' welcomes in a new era for the indie outfit, an era of mature reflection and even grander anthems. This release is a richly crafted experience; rather than relying on the singles, 'Homesick' is best approached a complete body. A committed playthrough allows nostalgia-tinted soundscapes to shimmer, unveiling a truly poignant soundtrack of lost youth, lost time and the homesickness one feels when realising what is gone forever.