The songs of Seasick Mama are glossy and energetic, brooding and alluring. It's the work of singer, songwriter and model Marial Maher, a charismatic frontwoman and live performer with a powerful and lovely voice -- somewhere between Karen O, Anna Calvi and Gwen Stefani -- that commands your attention.
Seasick Mama just dropped a her second recording, Tip Top Shape, an EP that features collaborations with TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek, Peter Wade of MNDR, and Phantom Planet's Sam Farrar. And with that sort of production talent, this concise batch of songs fuse lean dance rock, grinding synth pop, and, as heard on the new single "Man Overboard," even some swaggering reggae that instantly recalls The Police.
And while these songs may burst with wiry riffs, and sparkling melodies, it's Maher's smart and unselfconsciously honest lyrics that make Seasick Mama a promising young artist to keep an eye on.