Land of Sea [Bonus Track]

Land of Sea [Bonus Track]

by Chris And Thomas


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Land of Sea [Bonus Track]

Memphis born Chris and Munich bred Thomas have already made quite a splash in the U.K., while their debut, Vista Street Sessions EP, has flicked up some waves on this side of the Atlantic as well. Falling broadly into the indie folk or Americana bag, the duo have been compared to the likes of Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills & Nash; neither comparison really captures the pair's unique sound. For starters, Chris & Thomas never over-think their vocals, and much like the Everly Brothers their voices just seem to naturally intertwine, with the kind of easy perfection only achieved through many years of happily singing together. And the pair achieve the same with their instruments, flawlessly interweaving their acoustic guitars, (and occasionally banjo); rarely have two musical hearts so beat as one. However, what's equally striking about their debut full-length Land of Sea is the wistful atmospheres the duo inevitably conjure up, and the incredibly soothing auras, even as the pair glide across genres. Both the title track and "Bettin' on the Moon" are grounded in the blues, the former slides in just a touch of prog rock, the latter bubbles up into country, a style the duo slip into as easily as an old shoe. "Broken Chair" and "You're the One I Want," in contrast, sport a folkier feel, while "Isn't That So" and "Don't Hang Your Heart" both conjure up a taste of California, with the former's harmonies at times evoking the Jefferson Airplane, the latter falling towards Simon & Garfunkel territory. Moody melodies shadow all these numbers, and perhaps none more beautifully than the banjo flecked "Time to Find Out," whose gently surging rhythm under-lights the whole piece. "Horse in the Sky" showcases the pair's natural bounce, while "In My Time" bubbles along like a brook on a cascade of lovely guitars. There again, every track within showcases the pair's sublime musicianship, its beauty found in its very understatement. Filled with homespun lyrical wisdom and poetic touches revolving everyday concerns and matters of the heart, gorgeous music, and fabulous guitar picking, Land of Sea is a timeless set.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2007
Label: Defend Music
UPC: 0898458002123
catalogNumber: 80021

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris And Thomas   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Vocals,Foot Stomping
Hal Cragin   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Don Heffington   Percussion,Drums
Brett Simons   Upright Bass
Jimi Englund   Percussion
Oliver Kraus   Cello
Joshua Grange   Pedal Steel Guitar
Shauney Baby   Drums
Hal Craigin   Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Denise Lopez   Art Direction
Mark Howard   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
John Debney   Composer
Andre Recke   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Russell Cook   Audio Production
Russell Cook   Producer,Engineer
Chris And Thomas   Producer,Audio Production

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