Review: The Sea, Like Lead – S/T

Originally published in Punk Planet November/December 2006

There’s not much here in terms of volume — three mostly instrumental songs and a pair of 40-odd second interludes — but this unassuming EP may be one of the better debuts you’ll find this year.

The Pittsburgh-based trio, like June of 44 and A Minor Forest before it, knows the value of well-timed silences and their sometimes-glassy, sometimes-erupting brand of post-rock shows a surprisingly intuitive ability to navigate the deceptive passages between quiet and loud refrains.

The fact that the record’s three core songs, all meandering guitars and somber bridges, were captured on audio tape for a demo should only heighten listeners’ excitement about what’s waiting around the corner. If this disc, with its Joe McCarthy samples and “Memory is a map” declarations, is any indication, it’s not to be missed.

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