Seafoam debuts “Borderline,” a guitar-pop earworm for sad summer drives

It sounds like 2006 in the best way.

May 09, 2018
Seafoam debuts “Borderline,” a guitar-pop earworm for sad summer drives Daniel Topete

John Jagos is a songwriter from Brooklyn. He makes synth-pop as brothertiger, while his more guitar-oriented stuff is reserved for his Seafoam alias. Breaker, his first project as Seafoam since 2014, is coming out next month. "'Borderline' was the first song I completed," Jagos explained over email, "and it was kind of the precedent for the sound of the record."

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That song, debuting down below, is built on sing-song verses, pop-music math, and mostly uncomplicated poetry: "I think I'll get it right one of these days," Jagos sings on the hook. It reminds me of The Postal Service, summer car-rides, and 2006 in its entirety.

Overall, Seafoam does a good job of capturing a specific kind of in-between angst that hits in the sunnier months, when even the most hopeless feelings can be improved by a warm breeze and a full tank of gas. In that regard, the EP's June 1 release date sounds about right.

Seafoam debuts “Borderline,” a guitar-pop earworm for sad summer drives