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Sea Girls – Young Strangers

For a band like Sea Girls – an indie-pop quartet who dominate indie festivals year in, year out – it’s hard to let the summer go. If you try hard enough, you can hear pretty much every guitar band from the last couple of decades across their discography and that isn’t so much a criticism than an indisputable fact. From the likes of The Cure to The 1975, the band, individually hailing from Leicestershire, Kent, and Lincolnshire in the UK, showcases everything from post-punk riffs and glittery synths to plaintive Britpop-style singalongs and summer-soaked beats, the latter being something their latest track “Young Strangers” has plenty of. They’re sticking to what they know and that’s big, bouncy choruses and gnarly indie guitars designed to facilitate catharsis and connection on a mass scale. 

From the instant driving beat of “Young Strangers”, it’s easy to picture an energetic live atmosphere. The infectious, somewhat bouncy, drums pave the way for frontman Henry Camamile’s deep, sometimes raspy, vocals and it becomes hard not to enjoy one’s listen despite its deeper lyrical content. “You only live once,” Camamile proclaims “But we got time / You should see the car crash of my mind.”

Released independently under their label Alt. Records, the new anthemic track – which offers a taste of what’s to come from their highly anticipated new album coming next year – expresses a journey from darkness to light. It describes the difference between connection and realization between two people who, despite being total strangers, find common ground in their shared experiences and aspirations. “‘Young Strangers’ is about seeing the similarities between two people who have just met,” Camamile says in a press release. “They get talking about their lives, about how they want to prove themselves and find purpose with a desperate need to get out of life’s daily rut,” he continues. “Having never met before, they realize they’re navigating the same feelings in the world and… are not young strangers anymore.”

The creation of the fresh single is also a tale in itself, one that Camamile shares on Victoria Kozbanis’ Beers & Tears podcast. “I guess I wrote this with a stranger at the time,” he reflects, referring to Kid Harpoon who’s known for his work on Harry Styles’ Grammy-winning album Harry’s House. “[It] was quite exciting to do something with someone like that,” he adds. “We were very similar with our approach to the music which was great. I made sure we used some very Sea Girls chords in it that are on a bunch of albums,” he continues. “Just these sort of rock chords; chords we always use” he notes. “We just started on that and it [the track] feels really good. It’s got that kind of hope to it… where you’re aware of what’s going on in the world but there’s hope to it.”

To put it simply, “Young Strangers” is another indie-pop gem. It upholds Sea Girls’ reputation for fun, sparkling party poppers that span luscious indie-pop soundscapes and fills rooms with infectious bursts of energy. It flows upon a groovy beat while the vibrant sounds rush through with adrenaline, both of which make it perfect for summer listening, and its accompanying visualizer boosts the same vibe. All audiences should do as the band have asked on their socials and “go stream it and share it with your friends.” They promise you won’t regret it.