Sea When Absent

A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Sea When Absent
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2014 Ratings: #165 / 964
User Score
Based on 162 ratings
2014 Ratings: #96
June 24, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Lefse / Label
Shoegaze, Dream Pop / Genres
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Sea When Absent shows a marked improvement basically everywhere, but the strongest evidence is in giving their melodies and vocals clarity to grow and have impact.

The Line of Best Fit

A Sunny Day In Glasgow have more or less become sculptors of sound, turning discord and dissonance into harmonic loveliness.


With Sea When Absent, A Sunny Day in Glasgow have finally made that loud rock record—full of crashing percussion and screaming guitars—but without abandoning the ambiance that makes them so distinct. 


The band takes risks and makes leaps, and the results on Sea When Absent prove that they are one of the best, most interesting under-the-radar bands of their era.

A Sunny Day in Glasgow provide larger run times to give their heavenly shoegazing atmosphere much more impact and memorability. On Sea When Absent, the band manages to find caverns of purity in contradiction- balancing harsh noise with gorgeous instrumentals and vocals, as well as tonal contradictions of naivety and bliss mixed with the appalling depression of reality. The band manages to culminate their sound with their most rewarding and experimental heights, providing the listener with a ... read more
Dazed, gothic pop that plays better when it closes doors.
Once more the ghost of the Cocteaus is smiling.
This is an album of juxtapositions: harsh noise vs. heavenly vocals; crashing guitars vs. crazy synths; depressing realities vs. dramatic joy. But this musical collective manage to find where each yin curves just right against it's respective yang. A beautifully melodic affair that pushes the boundaries of shoegaze, dream pop and electronic into accessible and rewarding experimental heights. The words being sung, although only able to occasionally poke through the sonic haze, play a ... read more
pure heaven
Despite some strange electronic choice, Sea when absent is an excellent modern shoegaze record and a cool dream pop album (yet not amoung the best in this category). The addition of vocals is a huge improvement for some people who doesn't enjoy "ambiance" albums (a huge part of My Bloody Valentine for example)
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Track List

  1. Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End)
  2. In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing)
  3. Crushin’
  4. MTLOV (Minor Keys)
  5. The Things They Do to Me
  6. Boys Turn Into Girls (Initiation Rites)
  7. Never Nothing (It’s Alright [It’s Ok])
  8. Double Dutch
  9. The Body, It Bends
  10. Oh, I’m a Wrecker (What to Say to Crazy People)
  11. Golden Waves
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Added on: April 1, 2014