Sea Lions frontman Adrian Pillado may sing about how he wishes he was Lou Reed but his band’s brand of garage indie pop is essentially more Jonathan Richman or Beat Happening — frisky, shambolic songs themed around social neuroses that seldom (never?) breach the three-minute mark. And perhaps the peculiar poignancy of a song like “I Don’t Wanna Go Out” is something that not only the reserved personality types can readily identify with. I just love how the angular melodies jaunt along blissfully to Pillado’s deliberate funny-serious singing to evoke scenes of afternoon idleness and the discreet charm of homebodies. – Keith.
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sea Lions But Were Afraid To Ask is available on Slumberland. If you’re in Singapore, you may mail order it through our favourite indiepop distro Happy Teardrop Music.