Since their last full length Winter Forever, which dropped way back in 2011 (a distant past), Seahaven has had fans wondering when they will get a new record or at least a song. In January, the band announced the release of their next full length titled Reverie Lagoon: Music for Escapism Only, due out March 25th. Since then, they’ve also released a 7” EP titled Silhouette (Latin Skin) to hold fans over for a little bit longer. Now, they have put out their single “Flesh”, which will be on the long-awaited full length.
The track is memorable and sounds incredibly focused and sharp. It starts off with some feedback to set a darker tone resembling that of Winter Forever. While the vocal melody gets slightly repetitive in the verses, the chorus balances them out with a melodic line that sticks and those catchy “woah oh”s. Overall, the instrumentals are laid out to catch your attention. With cadences and tempo changes from the verse to the chorus, this song draws you in for a good amount of time.
Kyle Soto’s powerhouse voice has been a very distinct part of Seahaven’s sound. I know when I first listened to them, I was really taken aback by how strange his voice sounded. However, the more I listened to Ghost and Winter Forever, the more his inflection just made sense with their overall musical style. Compared to Soto’s almost British drawl on previous releases, the vocals on this track make the song feel much more focused and concise. “Flesh” doesn’t drag, unlike some of the songs off of their most recent EP.
Speaking of which, I am a bit worried now. Silohuette (Latin Skin) features songs that are much more relaxed thanks to Seahaven’s employment of beachy reverb, but “Flesh” avoids getting lost in that stress-free sound that the band seemed to be leaning toward. Will the new album contain the calmer, pop-like vibes? We obviously can’t answer that, but hopefully, Seahaven has created a way to balance out the calmer songs with tracks like “Flesh” that really pack a punch. I have my concerns, but if this song is any indicator as to what the rest of their new album will sound like, then the anticipation is running high.