This mysterious Wirral dream-pop five-piece have been attracting quite a bit of attention of late and it’s easy to see why. The footprints of their North West forebears are evident throughout the debut LP’s 10 tracks, with shimmering jangle guitars reminiscent of Jonny Marr, vocals that invoke the sensual, detached diction of Ian McCulloch and a collection of wistful themes which reprise the sugar-coated teenage romances brought to life by The Stone Roses.

‘Emily Says’, for example, stirs that same sense of longing that the pens of Messrs Brown and Squire conjured up in ‘Sally Cinnamon’ in June 1987 and it could well be a leftfield indie anthem 27 summers on. However, while the choruses are strong, ‘Endless Days, Crystal Sky’ would undoubtedly benefit from more variation. A throwback sound which also draws heavily upon The Cure and The Psychedelic Furs means that By The Sea seem to find themselves perpetually looking over their shoulder and they’ll need to move beyond that if they are to hold attention spans beyond this record.


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