German trio Seasurfer make their debut with Dive In, a massive, moving cloud of nocturnal shoegaze that would have made them darlings of the alt-rock scene circa 1991. Formed by songwriter/guitarist Dirk Knight, whose ethereal wave act Dark Orange has been swimming in similar waters for over two decades, the idea of moving from various forms of synth-led dream pop to a heavier, guitar-based shoegaze sound isn't such a stretch. His veteran presence also sets Seasurfer apart from the myriad of new generation revivalists working in this style which he, vocalist Dorian E., and bassist Mikel Wegener handle quite well. If new ground isn't necessarily being broken, they do come across as masters of their chosen field, blending an edgy goth aesthetic with aggressively affected guitars that dip and dive in the classic My Bloody Valentine/Ride mold behind Dorian's throaty vocals, which sit sensuously on top of the mix. The thundering "We Run," with its melodic wall of textural noise, is a sterling example of what Seasurfer does best. It has the atmosphere and mystique of classic dream pop, but a deep reservoir of power and memorable hooks as well. Throughout the album, Dorian's vocals give other standout tracks like "Cloud Jumping" and the title cut a strong dose of attitude and style, which help to class the album up when some of the lengthier sections begin to drag. Ultimately, the brand of shoegaze Seasurfer present is based more on solid compositions and rock elegance than all-out experimental effect tweaking. As a result, they eschew the stoner malaise, falling squarely on the more Baroque side of things where they flourish.
AllMusic Review by Timothy Monger