Originally released at the dawn of 2013 on blue vinyl, as a hand-numbered run of 400 and on gold vinyl, as a hand-numbered run of 60.
This single is a cooperative release with Turntable Kitchen as part of their Pairings Box subscription series, and was only available to subscribers of the December pairings box: www.turntablekitchen.com/pairings-box/
From GOLD ROBOT:
With Neighbors, Seamonster gives us a peek into the archives.
"Crystal Tear" dates from 2010, and is lyrically based on a turn-of-the-century genre-bending novel by infamous French author Alfred Jarry.
The b-side "I Thought I Saw You In My Peripheral Vision" goes back even farther, to Seamonster's early days in 2005. The song was performed almost entirely on a thrifted Yamaha PortaSound PSS-470 keyboard, and features guest vocals by Lacrymosa songstress Caitlin Pasko.
Both songs shine shimmering light on different sides of Seamonster's musical coin. Vocal recordings, mixing, and mastering happened in October 2012 with the help of Jacki Paolella at TAP TAP Recordings in Norfolk, Virginia.
From TURNTABLE KITCHEN:
The music of Virginia Beach’s Seamonster (a.k.a. Adrian Todd Webb) has long been a favorite in our home. Although it’d be a mistake to over-generalize his style, I think it is fair to say that, by and large, Webb is known for recording tunes that are crisp, thoughtful, and exude a tender warmth. It’s also true that he generally favors a DIY-styled sonic palette that collects sounds from a combination of traditional and non-traditional sources from which he creates his folksy, often quirky, key-board anchored tunes. His Two Birds EP was one of my favorites released in 2010 and his new Baldessari LP is similarly excellent and engaging. As you can imagine, we were honored when he and his label (our good friends at Gold Robot Records) suggested we partner for this release through the Pairings Box.
Although not precisely “new,” both of the tracks featured here are exclusive to this release and have never been previously released in any form. The a-side “Crystal Tear” is based upon a novel by Alfred Jarry and features instrumentation recorded from 2010 paired with newly recorded vocals. It builds upon a gently swaying, clean melody that is pillowed with a mesh of shimmering tones, taut acoustic guitar, and a slow, steady rhythm. The result is a soundscape that is hazy and pleasantly dream-like.
Meanwhile, the b-side, “I Thought I Saw You In My Peripheral Vision,” is built from music Webb originally recorded in 2005 with an old Yamaha keyboard. It’s now partnered alongside newly recorded vocals and a few “iPad calculator flourishes.” It’s quietly buoyant and charmingly playful with its laid-back, head-bobbingly upbeat tune and swirling keys. Together, the pair of tunes are an irresistibly fun set that compliment one another beautifully.