The Tumbled Sea
Songs By The Tumbled Sea


4.0
excellent

Review

by craigy2 USER (120 Reviews)
April 3rd, 2011 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No matter what happens, toast, tea and The Tumbled Sea will make everything normal again.

Signed to ambient/post-rock label futurerecordings The Tumbled Sea are similar to label-mates such as Message to Bears, we all inherit the moon, and Sunlight Ascending, in that the music is very minimal, sparse and inconspicuously beautiful. ‘Songs…’ is so minimal in fact that at times it can threaten to pass you by without notice – but it is this unobtrusiveness which makes it the perfect soundtrack to those precious hours before sleep, to meditation, or to relaxation. There is nothing ground-breaking about TTS, nothing about it that is mind-blowingly innovative or unique – The Tumbled Sea just creates beautiful music. Just modest, simple, minimalistic music – no more, no less.

The piano is at the forefront of ‘Songs…’ and so plays a major role in dictating the mood of the album. Notation is sparse, melodies are never overly-complex and chord sequences do little more than act almost as a reference point to the listener throughout each track – yet the piano work has an undeniable charm to it. The cascading melodies of ‘we’re turning into regular people’in particular, rise and fall prettily, ultimately hypnotising the listener, teasing them as to when it may modulate upwards or transform entirely. It is on tracks such as this that a certain level of suspense makes the piano work both intriguing and engaging.

The piano is not the only instrument used on ‘Songs…’ however, and the swelling strings of the brief interlude ‘sleeps’ offer variety in both texture and timbre, as well as an interesting change of pace. Strings are also given a place in several other tracks on the album, though usually acting as a canvas for the piano to work upon and embellish, rather than being given a leading role. Nevertheless, they fulfil their role as background ambience in workmanlike fashion.

Obviously, on an ‘ambient’ album the use of ‘background’ recordings and ambience are of extreme importance, and fortunately TTS fail to disappoint on ‘Songs…’ Appropriate and often interesting samples are used throughout and successfully enhance their respective tracks. The abrupt, yet appropriately-fitting recording of children’s’ voices in ’walking’ compliments the track’s innocent charm, originally conveyed by the simple piano melody. While the rain noises in ’emily’s song’ and the glassy tone of the piano combine to create the comforting image of watching a storm from the safety of your own room.

By the end of ‘Songs…’ it is clear that The Tumbled Sea is bedroom music – no, not in a sexual way. Considering that it is a one-man project, and considering the gentle, uncomplicated appeal of the album, it is easy to imagine someone in a Boston bedroom playing a piano, and then experimenting with samples and synthesised strings to create this music. But The Tumbled Sea is bedroom music for the listener too. It is music to listen to during the hours of reflection before sleep. It is music to offer comfort, in the way that the warmth of your bed offers comfort despite stormy weather outside. It would be all too facile to accuse The Tumbled Sea of over-simplification, or of one-dimensionality, but when the music is this beautiful such arguments don’t really matter.



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craigy2
April 3rd 2011


551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ugh, i'm supposed to be writing an essay instead of this. if you're a fan of ambient/post-rock at all, definitely check this out. even if you're not, check this out, it's free! http://futurerecordings.bandcamp.com/

poopty
April 3rd 2011


319 Comments


the tumbled sea can suck on my tumble nuts i dont give a fuckk

craigy2
April 3rd 2011


551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you don't like them?

poopty
April 3rd 2011


319 Comments


nvrr even listened to thes tumbleweeds

cvlts
April 3rd 2011


9442 Comments


uhh okay. anywho, sweet review bro. sounds chill so i'll pick it up. you got some coding errors in a couple spots caused from capitalized letters.

craigy2
April 3rd 2011


551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cheers, dude. i checked out cursed the other day ('I' - 'cos it was on spotify), really liked it, so thanks for that. is it easy to find children of god - it sounds like i might like that, as well.

'chill' is defintely a good word to describe this...

Skimaskcheck
April 3rd 2011


2364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haven't listened to this in ages, real nice stuff though

iFghtffyrdmns
April 3rd 2011


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like the sound of this and I especially like the sound of FREEEEEEEE (bird).

Nice write-up craigy, the closure of that last paragraph is quite nice.



Will most definitely be downloading this

North0House2
April 3rd 2011


6008 Comments


Funny someone just reviewed this. I downloaded this about 2 weeks ago, and I must say, it's great.
Put it in my Jeep, it's been on full blast for a week now lol. I fell kinda weird listening to this stuff in a Jeep, but whatever.
Good review.

Digging: Guadalupe Plata - Guadalupe Plata (2017)

craigy2
April 3rd 2011


551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'd been meaning to review this for ages, still may do the other album

you use this as driving music? i really can't imagine that... whatever floats your boat

iFghtffyrdmns
April 3rd 2011


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

driving music needs moar core

MOAR CORE MOAR COAR

craigy2
April 3rd 2011


551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

with this you'd probably fall asleep at the wheel

iFghtffyrdmns
April 3rd 2011


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

eh this is alright.

it has its moments but drags on a little too much, in my opinion.

sounds like something nice to nap to though for sure.

twlichty
April 3rd 2011


3673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is sounding beautiful so far

Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2011


7503 Comments


Solid review - pos. Very interested in checking this out.

twlichty
April 4th 2011


3673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you should all check this out its awesome... so pretty and nostalgic for me

North0House2
April 4th 2011


6008 Comments


"driving music needs moar core
MOAR CORE MOAR COAR"

Lol, I listen to this, Stars of the Lid, and All the Empires of the World when I drive.

Puts me in a weirdly reflective state, which makes my drives somehow more enjoyable to me... Plus, it lets me think.

I've got Rosetta and Thrice in my glove box though, if I'm in the mood for it lol.

alachlahol
April 4th 2011


7593 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

erg eerg URG the tumbled sea they bring the piano out in me

craigy2
April 4th 2011


551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fghtffyrdmns...how did i miss the btmi! reference in your post?! AAND you have jeff has your profile picture!

i like you.

iFghtffyrdmns
June 6th 2011


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

definitely not my favorite record but YES THE BEST RECORD TO SLEEP TO. EVER.



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