In Sea - Review
This is the solo project of Jon DeRosa and is new to the pages of Gothic Paradise.
This album is released on Silber Records
and features a dozen ambient, mostly instrumental tracks. It's a great introduction for me and probably for many listeners and readers on Gothic Paradise, though his influences range through many of the legendary gothic bands from Joy Division
The album starts out with building ambient-structured shoegazer guitar on "I Am (The Ice)" which builds and flows right into "LYMZ", another dreamy ambient piece that slowly moves along and fades away. That brings us to the highlight of the album "Hollow Earth Theory". This melancholy piece features great brooding guitar and other ethereal elements which provide the backdrop for the somber vocals. The music is much the same style of dreamy, subtle shoegazer ambient, but the vocals give it a new depth and meaning, making it that much more interesting and enjoyable. Though the music on much of the album is as dreamy or captivating, the combination of all of these elements and the vocals help to bring it around as a highlight on this album.
As we move on through the remaining tracks the music ebbs and flows, sometimes slow and haunting, but always dreamy. The cold moods of "A Plague of Frost" become lifelike through the ambient textures, and the title tracks brings out more of the ethereal shoegaze guitar sounds that are hauntingly beautiful. This builds up even more on "Onward!", much in the style of the previously mentioned vocal track "Hollow Earth Theory", but it remains ambient and dreamy, leaving the listener to use their own imagination rather than vocals. "Young Light" builds even more and with the uptempo guitar rhythms I kept expecting to hear vocals, but once again the instruments bring their own life to this piece, more subtly on "Autumnal" and down through the haunting soundscapes of "Corpse Reviver No. 2". A bit of ambient noise sort of comes out of nowhere on "Instill", but gradually fades into the dreamy piece "When We're Ghosts". This latter piece is another favorite instrumental track where the various guitars build layer upon layer into a sort of aural assault and setting the stage for the finale to the album. This final piece is the cover of Danzig
's piece "Am I Demon?" which is the only other vocal selection on the disc. As mentioned this is a perfect finale to this album with it's melancholy tones and dreamy ambient soundscapes.
I think this is a great album for fans of the softer ambient styles, for those that enjoy instrumentals as much as vocal pieces as well as some small experimental elements. Go out and grab it and enjoy it on those gray, rainy days.