Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Southern Sea Theoretically, Yes. Honestly, No.

The Southern Sea
Theoretically, Yes. Honestly, No.
©2009 Old House Records

When a disc begins with banjo picking over predominantly acoustic instrumentation, my interest is piqued. The Southern Sea delicately handcrafts their music with nuance in mind. Somewhat of a mix of Mercury Rev, Sufjan Stevens, and Death Cab For Cutie, these guys play this soft hybrid of looping, Midwest acoustic/electric with a carefree spirit. Toes are bound to be tapping when you take this for a spin on a country drive.

The entire thing is seamless and fluid. Strong tracks include “These Things Always End Badly”, “Quarks Passing Through A Hypochondriac”, “Trucks Are Roller-Skates”, and “I Bought A Used Camera From A Website”. I am extremely impressed with the quality of this disc, the mixing done by T.W. Walsh (Pedro The Lion). Lazy afternoons have never felt so good.

10 of 10 clicks
June 2009

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