The Open Sea EP
Now, in all honesty here, Kingsbury is a band that makes me glad I signed up as a reviewer with Left Off the Dial. Otherwise, I can assuredly say that I would never have stumbled upon any of their music ever. I dont think I would have been so lucky. Kingsbury, who are from Gainesville, Florida (and no preconceptions of Gainesville music can be applied here) seem to keep a tight shroud woven around their subtle, brooding sounds. Just take a look at their website simple, dark and not too revealing at all. There seems to be a modest mysteriousness involved.
Hidden beneath the lush, gentle waves of the new release, The Open Sea EP, rests the weary bones of haunting and sophisticated dream-core. The three tracks laid onto this disc are sparse, beautiful and fading. Its the eerie sound the moon makes slipping across the motionless sea, the whispers of a cold ghost-ship seaman lost, longing for home. Their instruments and feel on this EP just seem to echo out into this expansive void; the sound that they achieve really is the vision of the open sea. Its impressive, and it recalls that same hopeless feeling Killing Moon chills into your heart.
The modest packaging of a simple piece of screened cardboard slid into a plastic slip-sleeve only adds to their mysterious nature. Its imperfect and collectibly DIY. I feel that this is one of those bands that will pop up on some sought-after EP collection album ten years from now while everyone wonders where the hell they were while these gems were being scattered across the country. Jump in now.
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