Seamonster

GRR Project(s)
GRR028 - Baldessari LP (12" vinyl + bonus remixes)
GRR011 - Two Birds EP (7" vinyl)
GRRD05 - The Ascension of Archibald Balloonhead (digital LP)
GRRF04 - These Bones Digital Bonus EP

Biography

“It was a happy coincidence that brought me into the world of Seamonster’s wide-eyed songs and delicate, homespun arrangements: bedroom folk-pop for day dreamers and sleep walkers alike.” – Robert Schneider, Apples in Stereo

Virginia Beach’s Seamonster began in early 2005 as the recording project of cartoonist Todd Webb with a self-titled demo tape. Live performances are ever-changing, as the band’s rotating lineup can swell from Webb alone up to a dozen players at the drop of a hat. Amidst much touring, 2006 and ‘07 saw the release of “The White Whale EP” and Seamonster’s first full-length “The Ascension of Archibald Balloonhead” (Gold Robot) a haunting collection of songs about the short life of a boy whose head mysteriously filled with helium. In the nomadic years that followed (which also saw the debut release of Webb’s experimental side project, Fox Hands, as well as Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine – a continuing collaboration with Robert Schneider of the Apples in Stereo for which Webb provided art and a comic book to accompany an album of children’s music), Webb and friends continued to piece together the songs which became “Two Birds.” Continually striving to push beyond the limitations of toy keyboards, unstrung guitars, and broken down analog equipment, Seamonster’s songs have a lovingly hand-made feel - but they also conjure a universe between the headphones.

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Reviews

"I've been listening a lot lately to the tantalizing EP White Whale by Seamonster, a Herman Melville-obsessed singer-songwriter who goes by the moniker Adrian Seamonster. He's heavily influenced by the Elephant 6 collective (which should give you an idea of why I like his sounds so much), and at times sounds a bit like Jeff Mangum--and though I really hate it when music blogs compare bands to Neutral Milk Hotel, in this case there's good cause. He hasn't hit those heights yet, and I've only an EP to sample his talents, but he's at work on a promising concept album called The Ascension of Archibald Balloonhead, "a musical epic of love, loss, death, and destiny which spans the short life of a boy whose head mysteriously fills with helium during the bombing of his homeland, and who will bring peace to a war-torn kingdom." You see why I swoon? It's not my fault. His [music] is highly recommended. [Seamonster is] a renaissance talent." - Electric Sailor

"Betraying his obvious delight in the enchanting possibilities of low-tech recording devices, Seamonster's ring-ding-jangle-'n-tap bedchamber pop pieces give off some whiff of mellower, mid-90s Apples in Stereo tracks. Yet the real archetypes for Seamonster are Neutral Milk Hotel's early, hissy recordings [though] Seamonster focuses on the stuff that really made NMH so good in the first place. He has an easy yet forceful way with a tune. Instead of assuming the song will just sort of fall into place around the fetching sounds he coaxes from his toybox of instruments, he subordinates everything to an insistent melody. Also, Seamonster's music -- to the extent this is even possible -- telegraphs a certain unselfconsciousness. These songs sound private, built for their maker's own enjoyment or as modest gifts for friends. They revel in their own fuzzy logic, referring to our world but with an intimate, dreamlike integrity of their own. It's warm and engaging and marvelously personal. Seamonster has been touring pretty extensively and will begin recording a full-length album soon. You can buy his sweet homemade EP White Whale for $5 (and should)." - Shake Your Fist

"[Seamonster performed] one of the best shows I've seen in a while." - Blar

"Taking a surreal adventure through aqueous sounds and tripped out vocals, White Whale is what to listen to while you’re either getting high in the bathtub or moping about some girl who has no idea you exist. Advancing across the soundscape, the tunes make you look inwards to help give them meaning. Seamonster is a solid bet for those who are connoisseurs of music you won’t hear on the radio." - Racket Magazine

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