Seablite are a four-piece dream-pop band hailing from San Francisco, bringing a bouncy fusion of My Bloody Valentine-esque shoegaze and West Coast garage rock. Their latest release, “There Were Only Shadows,” diverges from their shoegaze contemporaries with clean, chorus-laden lead riffs backed by a punchy, upbeat bass a la Shannon and the Clams. All the while, Seablite still keeps a base layer of distorted, reverb-drenched and more traditionally shoegaze guitars.
The vocals sound like they’re coming from several different places at once. Both guitarist Lauren Matsui and bassist Galine Tumasyan contribute to the vocals but even when only one of them is singing, their voice feels present in all layers of the song, adding to the lush pop atmosphere.
The video for “There Were Only Shadows” is similarly washed-out, layering clips on top of each other with no clear priority for one over another. This aesthetic choice reflects the audio and at times feels more like a visualizer than a traditional music video. Rather than attempting to re-contextualize “There Were Only Shadows” through the video, director Jenn Heard lets the song take the lead, embracing the auditory qualities and trying to translate them into a visual medium. In doing so, Heard creates a compelling and appropriate accompaniment to Seablite’s track.
“There Were Only Shadows” is the first single off of Seablite’s upcoming LP Grass Stains and Novocaine, due out June 6 via Emotional Response Records.