Month: June 2011

CD Review – The Sea Thieves 2011 CD “They Will Run”

Genre: Folk, Country, Alternative

“The Sea Thieves” comprises Zac Coligan and Naomi Thompson who are also the owner/operators of well known Adelaide entertainment venue The Jade Monkey. “They Will Run” is the bands second release, with the local duo teaming up with former Zac’s former “Bergerac” band mates Jed Palmer, Steve Griffiths and Zoe Barry to add colour and shade.

“They will run” is available as a digital download through Bandcamp, or, if you are a traditionalist you can order the CD. There’s some interesting art work associated with this release, so it might be worthwhile ordering the CD. The artwork is also available on the bands various web presences, but I will let you search for them; you might end up at the web site for an English society of mock pirates, which in itself is an amusing diversion…

From the various notes I have read, the songs were mostly recorded at the Jade Monkey and mastered and mixed over a period months, allowing for some interesting and obscure sound effects and samples to be added, creating an almost indescribable genre.

A singing saw carves through meandering waves of tinkering clockworks; water splashes against gently vibrating nylon strings to create an eclectic mood. A mood of distance pervades, emanating from piles of old vinyl stacked in hidden rooms that were once filled with the echoes of children, frogs and sadder times. A hushed voice croons innocent fairy tales littered with subtexts of tortured dreams whispered in the dusk.

This is an unique piece of musical art; The Sea Thieves have created a rare ambience with their 10 tracks.

Slowly marching out of the mist, “Where that somewhere is” announces itself and the start of the album, with bells, clocks and a distant marching voice. The clockwork continues with “Spark of your enemies”, replete with mandolin and quiet storytelling. The joyous singing saw think spaghetti western) introduces “Focus the stars” and is accompanied by acoustic guitar and mandolin.

The main vocals are all Zac’s, except the title track, “They will Run”, which is Naomi’s. The mood of the album is unaffected by the change in vocalist, other than the creation of a new point of view.

This is not an album of catchy pop tunes, and while the songs have a beat, they really aren’t the kind of beats to tap your feet to, but they are infectious. The more you listen the more you hear, and the more you hear the more you want to listen.

At first play “They Will Run” might appear to have a narrow appeal to collectors of eclectic alternative folk music, but this album has something to offer to anyone prepared to listen and lose themselves in its artistry. There are rich rewards embedded buried in this gem of a release for those who take the time to listen.