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Cursing The Sea

September Girls Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (13 Jan 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fortuna Pop
  • ASIN: B00H3TVPF0
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,585 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cursing the Sea
2. Another Love Song
3. Left Behind
4. Heartbeats
5. Green Eyed
6. Talking
7. Daylight
8. Money
9. Someone New
10. Secret Lovers
11. Sister

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The LP will be on 180g black vinyl with a download code. Cursing The Sea, the debut album from Ireland s September Girls, is a dark kaleidoscope of echoey drums, buzzsaw bass, angular guitars and reverb-drenched vocals that blends garage rock and post-punk to extraordinary effect. Named after a Big Star song via The Bangles, September Girls are comprised of Paula (Bass/Vocals), Caoimhe (Guitar/Vocals), Lauren (Keys/Vocals), Jessie (Guitar/Vocals) and Sarah (Drums). Drawing inspiration from the likes of Phil Spector, The Velvet Underground, The Cure, My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus And Mary Chain, the five-piece play reverb-soaked noise-pop of the finest order, with distant layered harmonies, swirling organ and distorted guitars once described as "sounds from a transistor radio abandoned in a rural cinema." Formed in Dublin in 2011, the band quickly recorded some demos and began booking gigs in Ireland and the UK, before releasing a handful of well-received limited edition singles on various cassette and 7 labels around the world, most recently on the Haus of PINS cassette label run by their kindred spirits PINS, with whom the band have also toured. This release, for the song Ships , gave the band their biggest press to date, with a glowing review on Pitchfork. With four different songwriters and singers, each song begins with a secret life of its own, only to be unified by the distortion-drenched harmonies and hazy pop stylings of the band, songs that often seem to be of a sunny disposition taking on a darker, more sinister edge. First single proper Heartbeats is a tale of unrequited love and betrayal, awash with fuzzy guitars, ethereal female vocals and entrancing melodies and underpinned by a hurt that catches the back of your throat, while the remarkable pop song that is Green Eyed has the protagonist trapped in a relationship with someone untrustworthy. Elsewhere Sister deals with the thorny subject of rape and victim-blaming in society over an insistent, urgent backing. Title track Cursing the Sea is an ode to long distance heartache and an apt title for the album, with many of the songs dealing with distance, insecurity and inner turmoil, and alluding to an overall sense of being adrift. In keeping with this, the band chose the setting of a beach at night for the artwork, hoping to capture that same unsettled feeling. Whirling around in a tornado of fuzz, dazzling harmonies, disarming lyrics and dizzying excitement, Cursing the Sea is awash with enough attitude and great songs to see September Girls safely to shore. "Ships" takes their fuzzy garage pop and colors it several shades darker, resulting in an ominous amphetamine-fueled dirge full of screeching guitars, metronomic basslines, and coolly detached vocals. The Girls' pare down their sound to its steely core on "Ships", using angular guitar work to sharpen their sunniest melodies to a bleeding point, making this the most thrilling music they've released in their short existence. (Pitchfork) // PRESS/Radio : But I Like You PR. //

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4.0 out of 5 stars Deriding the waves 9 April 2014
Format:Audio CD
An Irish 5 piece who occupy territory similar to Frankie Rose, The Dum Dum Girls, Betty & the Werewolves and The Veronica Falls with additional 60's pop sensibility and some JAMC attitude thrown in for good measure.
As with a lot of this style of music the vocals are muddy & low in the mix (it sounds like it was recorded in an echoey barn) and reverb is everywhere but after a few listens the tunes start to jump out and although a few tracks are a little repetitive at times there are enough good songs to make it a worthwhile purchase.
'Green eyed' has a nice eerie opening of guitars/drums and keyboards with some good harmonies and 'ships' is a drum laden track with a spoken vocal giving it a different feel.'Daylight' is keyboard driven with a catchy chorus and 'Someone new' is a foot tapper with suitable chorus to match.
A good debut and 7 out of 10 from me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best new band I've heard in while 20 Mar 2014
By c2
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Heard a track on 6 music, so gave the album a go and glad I did. I can't understand why this band haven't got more exposure, their style of gothic jangle pop may have obvious influences, but they have the tunes to pull it off. If there was any justice, over exposed mediocre indie acts (I'm looking at you Haim) would be struggling and these girls would be selling out arenas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars They appear to me that one, equal to the Gods... 22 Jun 2014
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The September Girl's debut album is caked like a trowel in edgy and lo-fi (Jesus and Mary Chain 'Psychocandy') type effects which at times have a habit of detracting from the clarity of the vocals, especially in allowing making out the lyrics.

Jessie Ward's guitaring is well studied and reminiscent of The Stranglers, The Smiths and early Edge (U2). In this Eighties party, a particular favourite is the track 'Heartbeats' where the guitar uncannily chugs out with all the semblance of a throwaway Johnny Marr line.. and.. skilfully executed. The lyrics are somewhat hit and miss, for example the subject matter of 'Green Eyes' is a teenage achy-break-heart affair and not a Sappho 31.

However, there is very much the sense that September Girls are a band going places and can possibly be added to an increasing refresh of female musical acts including Warpaint and Savages, that are pushing the boundaries of the Indie representation of girl pop. The Bangles these guys are definitely not!
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2.0 out of 5 stars music lost in echo 19 Mar 2014
By rob w
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There might be a good album here but unfortunately you just can't hear it for the band or the producer has drenched the sound of this album in echo effects so any harmony or personality is lost. I had hopes that this would be a great guitar lead girl band but I have been sorely disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The music is good but I wish I could heard more of their ... 4 May 2014
By Bob - Published on Amazon.com
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The band's vocalist(s) were drowned out by the guitar playing. The music is good but I wish I could heard more of their singing and lyrics.
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