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POZ Review: Seahaven - Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 26, 2014

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by Steve Ciccarelli, edited by Erik van Rheenen

No matter what we do, time marches on. Days pass, things change, and hoping for anything to the contrary is a dead end. But acceptance: that’s what opens the doors of possibility. And on Reverie LagoonMusic For Escapism Only Seahaven goes through each of those doors searching for some kind of completion and find it to varying degrees. As with all good stories though, this one is more about the journey than the destination.
 
Is a good story always what fans are looking for? Beginning the album with a slow-moving haunter like “Fifty-Four” is just the shock to the system that people looking for manic pace and guitar crunch aren’t expecting. This is the kind of song that has been hiding away in the band’s subconscious, influencing parts of their own material. Here it’s the opposite of a call to arms, instead a plea to look inward. “Andreas” is a grower, the kind of song that will cause one of those inadvertent head bobs that we all catch ourselves doing sometimes. It’s kind of relaxing in the way some early Death Cab is: you’re invested, but more comforted than alarmed.
 
“Silhouette (Latin Skin)” is strong in the 90s alt-rock department. Guitars act as the rhythm layer while all of the hook and dynamic comes from drums, bass and that Smashing Pumpkins-esque string section. “Wild West Selfishness” builds on its infectious guitar part with effect-laden drums and a melody that goes from miserable to hopeful and takes you with it. It moves deliberately until you’re caught off guard with a good old Seahaven crushing ending. Then “On the Floor” begins. It’s another change of pace, another sleight of hand and that makes the beautiful, echo-soaked guitar and vocal that much more effective. There’s nothing for Kyle Soto to hide behind here and he’s all on display. It’s a highlight, for sure.

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Seahaven ‘Reverie Lagoon’ $5 Bandcamp Sale

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 25, 2014

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Run For Cover is holding a $5 Bandcamp sale for Seahaven's Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only. Buy it here and download below after the jump.

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Seahaven Stream ‘Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only’

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 21, 2014

Seahaven are releasing Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only on Tuesday. Stream it in full here via Noisey or below after the jump.

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Seahaven Announce In-Store Shows

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 19, 2014

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Seahaven will be playing two in-store FYE shows later this month. Check out details below after the jump.

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Seahaven Release New Song “Love To Burn”

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 12, 2014

Seahaven have released a new song from Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only called “Love To Burn.” Stream it here via Impose or below after the jump.

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Seahaven, Foxing, Adventures Announce Spring Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 10, 2014

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Seahaven have announced that they will be headlining their first tour in support of Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only this spring with Adventures and Foxing. Check out the tour dates after the jump.

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POZ 100 Words Or Less Podcast: Michael Craver (Seahaven)

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 7, 2014

Our 100 Words Or Less Podcast with host Ray Harkins is back with Michael Craver of Seahaven. Ray and Michael discuss focus, dealing with anxiety, and being creative.

Follow the podcast on Twitter here, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here, and stream the new episode with Ray and Michael below! 

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Run For Cover, Brixton Agency SXSW Showcase

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 4, 2014

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Run For Cover and Brixton Agency hare throwing a SXSW Showcase on March 12th. Check out all info below after the jump!

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POZ Discussion: Most Anticipated March Releases

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 27, 2014

February is here, and we’re continuing 2014 with a jam-packed month of releases that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated March Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well!

La Dispute - Rooms Of The House (03/18)
What is La Dispute? It’s hard to pin down a band that’s always changing, incorporating anything and everything into their special breed of emotionally-charged post-everything. Building on the experimental expansion of 2011’s Wildlife, the Michigan band worked with uber-producer Will Yip on Rooms of the House to push each sonic edge out a little bit further to the cusp of 80s and 90s college radio while still maintianing their trademark intensity. “Stay Happy There” is a bit Fugazi, a bit At The Drive-In, wrapped up in the sound of working through a cutting anxiety: “I will fix whatever is not the sweetness in your eyes, just sit down, please, sit down here at the table and we’ll talk. Somewhere televisions light up in the night.” Jordan Dreyer’s lyrics are only amplified by his exasperated delivery, the sound of a man emotionally drained and at the end of every rope he’s ever known. It’s the kind of music that helps someone through those late, lonely nights, catharsis defined through guitar strums and cymbal hits. Let it in. - Steve Ciccarelli

The Black Lips - Underneath the Rainbow (03/18)
The Black Lips, for more than a decade, has been a band that never does anything normal, and that includes selling a new record to the press. The Atlantaquartet’s upcoming seventh album, Underneath the Rainbow, has been described as “Elvis from the waist down,” which mostly harkens to the Tennessee setting in which the album was created, but also is a great example of the strange and misunderstood nature the group has cultivated in the public’s eyes. 

After the polished but enriching sound of the Mark Ronson-produced Arabia Mountain, the band turned to another unexpected producer/fan in Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney to produce their latest.  The writing process this time around came amidst a two-year touring cycle and the loss of several close friends, so much of the record is being described as reflective. As usual, it’s a smattering of different styles, including rock, blues, and even country jangles which fits greatly into the band’s unwillingness to be defined by a genre. Like any experience involving the Black Lips both on record and in a live setting it will no doubt be a wild ride for their fan base. - Jason Stives

Seahaven - Reverie Lagoon (03/25)
Remember a few years ago when Seahaven released their debut full-length packed with post-rock anthems for the frustrated young man in all of us? And how it was called Winter Forever and seemed to falter a little under the own weight of its self-imposed sadness? Well, their upcoming release this March has taken on a totally different direction even in just the title alone, baring for the world its intentions with the name Reverie Lagoon: Music for Escapism Only. And even though “Reverie Lagoon” sounds like the name of an isolated tropical retreat in a trashy romance novel, the shift in style might prove to be their strongest decision yet. “Silhouette (Latin Skin)” (both of the new record and the recent 7” of the same name) creeps in contemplative like a Deja Entendu era Brand New track, while “Flesh” cavorts as a casual alternative tune with some inflections of that Southern California beachiness of which I am both fond and jealous. So, while it’s yet to be seen if the record carries as much escapism promise as it claims to, I think we can all agree that we’re happy to be moving away from the unilateral bleakness of being in winter forever. - Adrienne Fisher

Fireworks - Oh, Common Life (03/25)
When it comes to Fireworks, I was a little late to the party. I didn’t get into the band until well after 2011’s Gospel, and I’ve never really forgiven myself for what I now refer to as ‘the lost years.’ However with this March comes the band’s new album, Oh, Common Life, and a chance for me to redeem myself for past mistakes.

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Common Ground: Brand New, Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front Bottoms, Kevin Devine, Braid

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 19, 2014

The lineup for the July 8th date of Common Ground Music Festival this coming summer is out of control. Check out the full lineup for the day below after the jump.

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Seahaven Announce UK/EU Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 6, 2014

Seahaven will be touring the UK and Europe in April. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Seahaven Release New Song “Flesh”

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 5, 2014

Seahaven will be releasing Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only on March 25th via Run For Cover Records. Pre-order the album here and stream a new song called “Flesh” here via Noisey or below after the jump.

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Seahaven Launch ‘Reverie Lagoon’ Pre-Order; Reveal Album Details

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 5, 2014

Seahaven will be releasing Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only on March 25th via Run For Cover Records. Pre-order the album here and check out the artwork and track listing below after the jump.

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Seahaven Stream ‘Silhouette (Latin Skin)’ EP

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 23, 2014

Seahaven are streaming their Silhouette (Latin Skin) EP. Stream the full release below after the jump.

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Touché Amoré, Seahaven, Caravels Post-mWY Mini-Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 22, 2014

Touché AmoréSeahaven, and Caravels are playing several shows after their tour with mewithoutYou. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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