Seasick Crocodile – The Destructive Act of Embarrassing Myself

Seasick Crocodile
The Destructive Act of Embarrassing Myself

Seasick Crocodile is the moniker and solo project of a Mister Robbie Lawson who was originally part of the group The Boyish Charms. The Destructive Act of Embarrassing Myself is a collection of 17 songs that combines all of the songs that were originally recorded on to limited-edition tapes. SC is a virtual showcases for the lo-fi aesthetic, combining simplistic songwriting with basic 4-track recording. The packaging on the release is very interesting along with some unique song titles such as “The Troubled Population of a Future Ghost Town,” “You Cannot Outsmart Your Pain,” and “I’m Just Looking For a Corporate Girl.”
While not being my personal cup of tea, Seasick Crocodile does have talent. Lawson utilizes a full artillery of instrumentation on the record, including xylophones, trumpets, keyboards, organs, and acoustic guitars. Like this review, the songs are short and get right to the point with quick and catchy melodies that float about while daydreaming of sitting outside on warm days with a glass of lemonade. The music itself is hit or miss in my opinion. It is the kind of music that some made find either soft and sweet or for others could be the equivalent of nails scratching on a blackboard.
I found The Destructive Act of Embarrassing Myself a little too sugary sweet for my diabetic musical tastes. But for others who are fans of the twee pop genre (i.e. Of Montreal, The Apples in Stereo) will most likely find this release appealing.