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Seasick Mama: Brooding And Alluring Indie Pop

Friday, December 06, 2013

Seasick Mama performs in the Soundcheck studio. Seasick Mama performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

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.

 

 

 

For more photos, visit Soundcheck's Tumblr page.

Set List:

  • "Cooked Inside Out"
  • "Man Overboard"
  • "Something Romantic"

Comments [10]

Jesse Hernandez from nyc

wow. just stumbled on this while checking out other soundcheck videos. this is a serious mess.

Jan. 31 2014 07:48 PM
Richie Adomako from Mars

you have to let go of inhibitions and imagine she were singing to you to really appreciate it. despite it all, id say its worth listening to her music - she has spunk. compared to her other songs, these are perhaps a little more simple and perhaps not fully representative of her - so i recommend checking her out.

Jan. 13 2014 10:46 PM
tom LI

Okay...I'm having trouble identifying the right way to describe the voice of this singer. Its not unique -anymore as there seems to be hundreds of female singers with this same exact voice-sound. Has a girlish
pitch, melody is always lacking...and it stops me from listening every time. Which annoys, because I want to listen, but cant ...nothing engages me, pulls me in to want to hear more.

I'm at a loss for the right description...can't find the right comparisons to other singers...somewhere between a cartoon girls voice, and a drowning porpoise...which isn't right either...

Jan. 06 2014 05:12 PM
Seasick Mama from New York

There are people out there that really don't deserve a computer, or an opinion.

Dec. 21 2013 01:56 PM
Jack L.

This hackneyed garbage has no place on this show alongside such innovative and reputable artists. Is this some donor's niece or something?

Dec. 07 2013 12:19 PM
sammy

Great music!

Dec. 06 2013 09:53 PM
Ariel

The comments below seem uncharacteristically negative for this site. Ok, so maybe the songs are a little silly and she doesn't have a big, impressive pop-star kind of voice. But she's trying, and that's got to be really hard to do. She at least deserves some kindness here.

Dec. 06 2013 08:25 PM
Joan

Ouch! Anyone else pick up on the thinly veiled dig presented in question form about the fact that she clearly does not play any instruments, write her own music, or have any musical knowledge?

Dec. 06 2013 05:49 PM
Mr. Bad from NYC

Imagine you're in an elevator with some awful self involved person and they start talking to you and you feel your lunch rising in your throat and you Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarf all over them and they just keeps talking without missing a beat because they're that oblivious to the affect they have on other people and that is what this music is like.

Dec. 05 2013 04:17 PM
Mr. Bad from NYC

Imagine you're in an elevator with some awful self involved person and they start talking to you and you feel your lunch rising in your throat and you Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarf all over them and they just keeps talking without missing a beat because they're that oblivious to the affect they have on other people and that is what this music is like.

Dec. 05 2013 04:17 PM

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