The Sea The Sea who were introduced back in April have just released their new EP the four track Sub Rosa.
Opening with The Shadows and immediately the improvement in quality of the workmanship since the last review is recognizable. There is a shift slightly to more radio friendly sounds, but the essential essence of the band remains intact with their ability to gauze the music within hazes.
System Sleep is a slower and more intense track and a fine demonstration of what The Sea The Sea do best. Layering their music across an extraordinary range of octaves from deeper elements of the bass to a soaring vocal that reaches for the falsetto to deliver a track that is very much the signature sound of the band.
What Came Before has a delightful opening with a rapidity of notes encased in a reflective and an even keeled over-all pace and the contrast of the two gives this track a sense of mischievousness and my pick of the release.
Concluding a well considered EP Sub Rosa finishes with Anemone which slows the pace to a subterranean space of calmness in which The Sea The Sea demonstrate the ability to compose symphonics that gather the listener in an ever more evocative track the longer it lasts.
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