Stay The Sea Releases Part Dream Part Musical Poetry EP
With a previous album already in the bag, Stay The Sea releases yet another opus in the shape of an self-titled EP.
Soundscapes is the best word to use to roughly describe what Stay The Sea’s music is like. Digging deeper into it brings more emotions and impressions, inner images, and thoughts, than pure intellectual analysis. As Max aptly described it about their album, I was jealous of her, their music is “like an acoustic map-book, a collection of intricate soundscapes that will lead you to different places”.
This self-titled EP is right along the line of this first impression. The emotions run far and wide along the instrumental infusion even though most tracks are short at under 3 minutes except for the last one which is
The Great Wall starts with a big reverb guitar repetitious couple notes and drums, then dives in a heavier atmosphere still drenched in reverb and fuzz. The rhythm section is somewhat reminiscent of heavy metal standard beats, yet it doesn’t go there. The guitar brings it to more of a Steve Reich place, where looping and repetition induce a sort of trance.
The second track, Fall on the Water, feels more like a ballad in these guys’ style, with soft and dreamy vocals chanting a minimal melody. The bridge recalls the first track and its Steve Reich-y style, to leave us hanging for more on the last note.
Dive, explores a very aquatic mood, with a stacked litany of soft guitars. It picks up speed at around 1 minute, to then breathe again for a second. Ending on a long pad which makes us burrow in our own protective bubble. Too bad the fade out on that pad was a bit abrupt.
The first 20 seconds of the last track don’t set you up for what’s to follow. They help transition from the bubble of the previous track to the atmosphere of this longer song through somewhat grungy guitars. This then switches to a burst where drums take lead along with the bass, in a heavier drill, which slowly tapers down to just the guitar and the last three notes of the theme. A second burst erupts to remind you not to get too comfortable with your calm state of mind. Then as fast as the burst came, it leaves to be replaced by an anxious, yet serene pads of almost vocal guitars. Once the drums get back in you can tell there is a sort of resolution. As it ends on another fading repeating pad, you see yourself alone on a raft, meditating in the middle of an infinite ocean.