Somali Yacht Club already made major waves with their first release, The Sun. Now they are back with The Sea, an even stronger recording that completely managed to avoid the sophomore slump.

For those familiar with the band, this relies on a lot of the same tropes: heavy, repetitive drumming, fuzzed-out vocals, and stony riffs. But it is even more nuanced and particular, in that it focuses specifically on soundscapes and crafting good songwriting.

“Blood Leaves a Trail” is by far the stand-out track; it has almost a Conan-like ferocity to it, despite still being laid-back and incredibly docile. “84 Days” is another good one, with serious focus on the rhythm and repetition, almost to the point of trance.

Give this a listen if you loved the first record, or if you are a stoner doom fan. I personally discovered this band via Spotify stumbling, and had to do a double-take. Check out a few tracks and you will see what I mean. There are plenty of groups that try and emulate this sound and fall a little flat, or sound like knock-offs, and Somali Yacht Club definitely have their own, unique thing going on.

Purchase the album here. 


Addison is a Denver-based writer who focuses on metal, cannabis, underground music and LGBTQ issues. She has also written a book, Wicked Woman: Women in Metal From the 1960s to Now, which can be found here:

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