"The Calm Blue Sea's bold, stormy, mostly instrumental rock doesn't stay in one spot for long: The Austin band's songs are liable to drift from a whispered lilt to a pummeling attack and back again, working through a handful of hypnotic phases along the way. Over the course of six minutes, "Mary Ann Nichols" — one of many enthralling epics on the group's excellent second album, Arrivals & Departures, out Oct. 9 — packs in several songs' worth of drama, as torrents of blustery guitars, atmospheric interludes and inscrutable vocals are fed into a single glorious swirl." - NPR
The Calm Blue Sea’s lushly textured sound is a study in contrast. The Austin, Texas band’s music, like its oceanic name, is at once beautiful and violent, transcendent and triumphant. With songs structured by minutes rather than measures, the foursome marries post-rock fugues with classically-inspired arrangements, the aggression and heaviness of metal, the artiness of indie rock and the widescreen expanse of a film score. The end result is stunning.
Fresh off the heels of the 2011 reissue of their debut album, The Calm Blue Sea is back with Arrivals & Departures, their overdue sophomore offering and one of the most anticipated recent releases to come out of the fertile Austin music scene.
Originally formed in late 2007, The Calm Blue Sea emerged quickly with their self-released 2008 debut. The eponymous full-length broadened the band’s reach to a worldwide audience and set the foundation for a flurry of activity over the next year. Months after the release, and days after returning home from their first American tour, The Calm Blue Sea wasted no time in immersing themselves in their next creative endeavor: writing and performing an original score to the 1924 Fritz Lang film entitled Siegfried (thecalmbluesea.com/siegfried). Keep Reading Here!
RIYL: Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Russian Circles, Sigur Rós
TRY: #3, 6, 8
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