A Ritual Sea
A Ritual Sea


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jesper L. CONTRIBUTOR (96 Reviews)
September 28th, 2021 | 15 replies


Release Date: 09/24/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: comfort

If there ever were an album to calmly battle the oddly negative connotations surrounding the word ‘comfort’, it would be A Ritual Sea. The debut full length by Dublin gazers A Ritual Sea is top tier dreamy comfort listening: it’s pleasant, intimate, and entirely coherent. Finding itself at the intersection of shoegaze and dream pop, the band expertly draws from the catchiness of indie pop and the lush atmospheres of ethereal wave - one of the most criminally overlooked genres of the early 2000’s. The result is a crystal clear cocktail, entirely intoxicating in its inviting familiarity.

True to its familiarity, A Ritual Sea’s beauty can be distilled to the expected individual elements: ‘Serpentine’s bouncily distorted melodies; ‘Violet’s heavenly twinkles; Donna McCabe’s lightly angelic vocals all throughout the album. Yet, it’s A Ritual Sea’s ability to combine and intertwine all these inherently gorgeous aspects that makes the full package shine. ‘Radiate’ complements its shimmering guitars with simplistically effective drums, trading the gothic-tinged verses for a huge, entrancing chorus. Closing cut ‘Silver Morning’ can only be described as a shoegaze hymn, leaving enough space in between its croons and whispers to fill any cathedral within reach. It’s a unique moment where the band go all the way: occasionally, it feels like songs could have opted for more intensity and expanded upon themselves. Yet, this should mostly be taken as a suggestion for future projects: simply put, A Ritual Sea is a wonderfully comfortable debut album that presents a world of opportunities for the Dreamy Dubliners.



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JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2021


3586 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lil boi for a great album that deserves more attention. also i exclusively review 4/5 albums now ig

https://aritualsea.bandcamp.com/album/a-ritual-sea

SteakByrnes
September 28th 2021


25604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cute little review and I am jammin this now jesp my sweet summer child

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JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2021


3586 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ty blessed steak, happy to see you enjoyed it :]

Pheromone
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2021


15876 Comments


i love jesper

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SteakByrnes
September 28th 2021


25604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yea it was a nice relaxing listen! Basically what I needed this morning :]

Pheromone
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2021


15876 Comments


a ritual sea

when said out loud, sounds like a word

SteakByrnes
September 28th 2021


25604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

aritualcy is my new band

Pheromone
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2021


15876 Comments


woo can i play the cello

Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2021


3081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That "recommended by reviewer" section is pretty legit.



Nice review for a nice album!

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2021


3586 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

phero < 3

ty sunny! glad to see you vibed w this as well, 2021 has been a good year for bandcampgaze

Cormano
September 28th 2021


2996 Comments


yeah sounds I'll be diggin the shit out of this, nice job

Ryus
September 28th 2021


26452 Comments


need some new gaze, will check

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dedex
Contributing Reviewer
September 29th 2021


9672 Comments


cute lil gazeview m/

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
September 29th 2021


3586 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hope u guys vibe cor/ryus!

m/edex :]

BigTuna
September 30th 2021


5615 Comments


Listened to this last night on the porch as a cool autumn evening set in. Wonderful experience.



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