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Seas of MirthSeas of Mirth
Album: Hark! The Headland Approacheth
Label: I'm Not From London
Tracks: 11

Seas of Mirth were one of the very first bands I ever reviewed all the way back in 2013. I have been awaiting eagerly for a new release to sink my teeth into and that day has finally come. We need to start by making one thing clear: Seas of Mirth are completely ridiculous. They are an extremely refreshing and encouraging type of ridiculous that never fail to either make you smirk with their pirate related jokes or confuse you so much you forget about the awful day you have had.

I use the term ridiculous in relation to their humour, but in terms of music they are very talented. Nautical and comical themes crammed into catchy tunes foot tapping displays are just what you need sometimes to help unwind and recover from the whirlwind of life.

I actually want to start in the middle. The sixth track on the album is 'It's Raining, Men!" and I will have to be honest, I laughed far more than I should have done at this. This is the funniest comma I have ever come across and it really did tickle my funny bone. It many ways it sums up the humour style of Seas of Mirth, a simple idea but completely appropriate and does the job.

The music of Sea of Mirth has always been an unusual style to put into words and cannot be labelled as a specific genre, there are lots of different musical influences that can you hear throughout the album, with different tracks putting more emphasis on different areas. An example would be how 'Esmerelda' has a more cultured sound with that air of the mysterious to it than 'Brandywine' which has a much more distinctive sea shanty backbone.

What works excellently for Seas of Mirth is how they make different sounds and styles slot together and even shift between them throughout tracks. Even the faster paces songs like 'Salt Man' infuse different styles together like an exotic meal at a restaurant. To mix together like this Seas of Mirth clearly have a good grasp on all different styles and do not allow themselves to be wrapped into the comfort blanket of familiarity. This is something that has developed tenfold since their last album 'Septopus' and I hope will be evident in albums to come as well.

Seas of Mirth have always reminded me of batteries. They are very good at charging you up and giving a new release of energy. The gem of this album for doing such a charge would have to be 'Hark! The Headland Approacheth' which is album is named after. Fast and enthusiastic, I played this track to my Tortoise who then only took two hours to get from one side of the room to the other side rather than the usual twelve.

My favourite track on the album is 'Mutiny'. This song is very much the bridge between their previous work and their current work. This song is bonkers and has a great backing sound and really does conjure up nautical images.

It is safe to say that Seas of Mirth have not disappointed

Paul Rawcliffe