Under Review: Sea Wolf – Leaves In The River

At the very least, we all know one thing about Alex Brown Church: he’s a wolf. To be precise, a Sea Wolf; although his debut album, Leaves In The River, has a decidedly earthy texture in its soundscapes. Like Bright Eyes and Andrew Bird did earlier this year, Sea Wolf has let loose a string and squeaky fret-laden quiet storm, complete with breathy vocals and the occasional modest freak-out. While “You’re A Wolf” remains firmly planted in our brains (thanks to the May release of the Get To The River Before It Runs Too Low EP), mid-tempo tunes “Black Dirt” and “Middle Distance Runner” are also quite worthy of getting stuck in your head. The mostly acoustic album boasts a few spacey synth lines and some rushing river sound effects, but they don’t take anything away from the overall atmosphere. This is especially true on “Song For The Dead,” which features a keyboard that would make Brandon Flowers‘ moustache twitch. Though I suspect that this album will be pegged as “placid” or worse, “chill,” I maintain that Leaves In The River has enough musical curveballs to keep things interesting.

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~ by E. on September 24, 2007.

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