“Watermelon Sugar (Alcohol)” is the first track out of “Rockpool Blue”, releases September 28th, 2018.
“Rockpool Blue” is the seventh album by Sea Pinks, Belfast’s finest purveyors of bittersweet guitar pop since 2010. At 28 minutes, it’s a short record about the pressure of taking on adult responsibilities when you still feel like a kid, and about the unexpected joy that can come from embracing that. Throughout, the band shrug off the ambivalence that has often characterised their best work for what turns out to be their most cohesive, outward looking and ultimately positive set of songs to date.
The record was recorded in four days staggered over a six month period from October 2017 to April 2018 at Belfast’s Start Together, with engineer Ben McAuley. Singer and guitarist Neil Brogan also took on bass duties this time around when longtime bassist Steven Henry amicably left the band ahead of recording. Brogan and drummer Davey Agnew recorded more than twice the number of tracks that eventually made it onto the album, before paring it down to the eight songs that best related, resulting in a tight, focused set.
The lush opening swell of “Watermelon Sugar (Alcohol)” sets the tone. An impressionistic swirl of verse soon lurches into uncertainty, before soaring off into wordless, blissful abandon.
“I’ve always thought each Sea Pinks record was the last when we were making it, but this time it definitely feels like an ending of sorts” says Brogan “Maybe that’s just of us doing albums in studios, we’ll see how this one goes.”