We have two tracks from the excellent Los Angeles based post-rock / neo-classical artist The Paper Sea with “Sleepers In(n) and “The Center Shall Hold”. With “The Sleepers In(n)” we hear the deft interplay between slide guitar and a minimal piano line finding purchase in the negative spaces produced by the sparse but strongly felt percussion. This sparse percussion later picks up with a bass line that slowly gathers steam before the tracks dreamy and reverb heavy conclusion. Bands like Ester Drang’s key heavy approach to an ambient western-influenced music or a sparser Red Sparowes come to mind here.
“The Center Shall Hold” is a bit more of a somber affair. A heavy bass line anchors the track’s melancholy movement while floating key lines circle atop the composition, floating in and out of the audio field as bobbing on waves. The Paper Sea splits the difference between neo-classical musicianship and composition and post-rock’s drive and energy. Excellent work.