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The Calm Blue Sea

The Calm Blue Sea (n / a)

Reviewed by Audra Schroeder, Fri., Sept. 26, 2008

Texas Platters

The Calm Blue Sea

Like Austin's other descriptive instrumentalists Explosions in the Sky, local fivepiece the Calm Blue Sea reaches into the quiet/loud/quiet bag of tricks on its self-titled debut, coming up with a darker, wetter beast. The length of songs certainly doesn't absolve the band of its "cinematic" proclivities, but the CBS manages to layer its parts with precision, using a knife to transition. "Now Those Ashes Are at the Bottom" spins the album's best example: The chiming blue intro is interrupted by a rumble of bass, which flows into a rough, gray middle half, building seamlessly on echoing guitars and warm keys, and gets a running start into its final white squall of noise. On this song alone, the Calm Blue Sea uses its left and right brains to full effect. (CD release: Saturday, Oct. 4, Emo's.)

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