AOTY 2020

Open Up Your Head

Sea Girls - Open Up Your Head
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #241 / 769
User Score
Based on 43 ratings
Liked by 1 person
August 14, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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It’s exciting to see a band so unabashedly ambitious in their sound and delivery on a debut.

Each song from Sea Girls feel so intimately familiar already that you’d be surprised to learn ‘Open Up Your Head’ is their debut album.
Melancholy and realistic about the modern youth's struggles, Sea Girls' debut does enough to avoid indie's usual hedonistic pitfalls.

Sea Girls' debut album Open Up Your Head is a catchy, very listenable record full of the kind of mainstream pop-rock anthems that are in short supply on the pop charts these days.

The Line of Best Fit
With every listen, each song takes on a new richness, becoming something that will simultaneously become the sound of summer, yet a particular personal soundtrack that you’ll keep on coming back to.
If you like your indie music with a bounce in its step, and a side hustle of emotion, Sea Girls may be for you.
The Guardian
The fast-rising British indie band may be completely unoriginal, but big melodies and easy charm shine through songs about the wistful end of adolescence.
This is a fine debut landmark from Sea Girls (Who I did see at All Points East Festival a couple of years ago).
It's an alternative album that's original and uncomplicated that'll set their benchmark.
But the real standout in this album was “Do You Really Wanna Know?", which of course was assisted by some familiar artists (Wolf Gang's Max Wolfgang and The Vaccines' leader Justin).
It was so effective, I wished the rest of the tracks were that refined. Hopefully they can learn from ... read more
Much like their EP Under Exit Lights released earlier this year, Sea Girls' debut album Open Up Your Head is a continuance of the energetic indie rock sound. Three tracks from the EP--"Closer," "Ready for More," and "Violet"--are also featured on this album. In the context of the EP, they are great. In the context of the album, they are good songs that don't stand out as much compared to some of the others. The only track that I did not care for was "You Over ... read more
In a time when life as we know it is completely alien and uncomfortable, there is nothing wrong with an album that is as familiar as your favorite pair of jeans. If you've followed the band for any length of time, you will know half the songs at least. And that's OK. There's enough here to show that they have promise for the future. Unfortunately older songs like "Damage Done" don't hold up as well as they could have done, but that is partially because the band has grown beyond ... read more
I mean it’s not particularly awful but it isn’t good either. Inoffensive indie pop rock.
Mark my words; these guys will be this generation’s answer to Arctic Monkeys. This album has amazing production from front to back, with catchy guitar hooks, synths and lyrics. Not to mention luscious singing from frontman Henry Camamile. The album is full of bangers, with youthful lyrics, reminiscent of early aforementioned Arctic Monkeys. It’s a breath of fresh air for what has seemed like a quiet time for new british indie rock bands, so hopefully these guys live up to the hype.
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Track List

  1. Transplant
  2. All I Want To Hear You Say
  3. Do You Really Wanna Know?
  4. Lie To Me
  5. Call Me Out
  6. Closer
  7. Forever
  8. Weight In Gold
  9. Ready For More
  10. Violet
  11. Shake
  12. Damage Done
  13. You Over Anyone
  14. Moving On
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Added on: May 4, 2020