Cursing the Sea

September Girls - Cursing the Sea
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2014 Ratings: #362 / 845
User Score
Based on 19 ratings
January 13, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fortuna Pop / Label
Indie Pop, Noise Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Skinny

The five piece tick off various elements and influences as they go, but build plenty of big hooks in with their Ronettes-meets-Mary Chain sound.

80
musicOMH

Cursing The Sea is an enjoyable listen from start to finish; whilst not possessing anything in the way of a number one single, the rawness and lo-fi feel will appeal to many. 

80
The Fly

More Dum Dum than Vivian, September Girls’ debut LP is a reverb-ridden sass-pot of a thing – all fluttering eyelashes and scratchy underbelly.

75
The Line of Best Fit

With four song writers and vocalists in the band, you’d be worried that there might be a lack of continuity, but Cursing the Sea is an incredibly consistent listen from the moment it kicks off with the turbulent title track. 

75
The 405

There's a fascinating intellectualism/mindfuckery going on during Cursing The Sea: it's sugar-coated sweetness with a psych-haze CS gas drizzle.

70
NME

It’s nearly three years, though, since the last album by Vivian Girls, the band SG most closely recall; ‘Cursing The Sea’ is a more than adequate stand-in.

70
Drowned in Sound

There's still nothing very original here; even if this particular musical seam wasn’t already one currently being excavated to exhaustion, September Girls wear their influences so boldly they might as well have them tattooed.

60
DIY

There's a lot of fuzz. A whole lot. And at times – 'Left Behind' most notably – the thick smothering of reverb-heavy feedback makes the record sound like it might've been recorded down a well. Which although stylistic, is a shame – there are probably a few more damn fine tunes underneath.

tha138
64
Dream pop with rock orientation, like The Cocteau Twins meet The Breeders.
Raw enough but under-lighted.
Intentionally?!
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#78/Rough Trade

Track List

  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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