Two States and the Blindness That Follows released later this month is the new album from Travel by Sea and for me their best work-to-date, the bands sound has evolved with the line up that has added Dan Moore (bass), John Phinney (pedal steel, banjo), Mike Cusick (drums), Andrew Morrison (guitar) to the original pairing of singer/songwriter Kyle Kersten and multi-instrumentalist Brian Kraft, the guys have honed the songs over the last couple of years performing them live, if that doesn’t sound revelatory to you then a short history lesson on Travel By Sea is needed – originally a duo Kyle and Brian’s collaborations on the previous pair of albums were long distance the songs created and refined over the internet bridging the distance between California and Colorado.
The band have offered up a pair of songs to whet the appetite for the upcoming release, I love tracks that fade in and build, I’m a sucker for twang and guitar solo’s too – The Road is one of my favourite songs of the year and the albums lead off track Eventually isn’t far behind, a moody,reverberating, autumnal number. Difficult to pick any more highlights on this record as I like the whole package, but To Your Eyes and Sign of the Times are personal favourites, listen to more at LastFM.
The bands first two releases are excellent and well worth getting your hands on, Shadows Rise and Days of My Escape are available at Autumn Tone, the third Two States and the Blindness That Follows is a must have – the bands sound is still intact but with a more alt-country feel to it, a instant hit with me and definitely one to file under essential listening.
The album will be self-released on October 19th, if you like what you hear check in at the bands website for details of where to get hold of a copy.
Travel By Sea contribution to the Sparklehorse tribute That Horse Yonder, Travel by Sea – Return to Me (Sparklehorse Cover)