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The Static Sea makes its 12-song full length debut on OverPop Music with Third Parties, which is scheduled for release on May 29, 2012. The Jersey City, NJ-based duo released a free, self-titled EP
online in 2011 that charmed everyone who heard it, and now with this full-length, Brandon Kleiber and Jimmy Francis make their next creative leap together with the support of OverPop.
This is the second release on OverPop Music, which released the much-talked-about Believe in Sound by The Thousand Pities in 2011. While that band’s earnest brand of power pop was punctuated by extensive rock bona fides, The Static Sea’s more inward-looking Third Parties is the work of a young pair of twenty-something who have been playing together on and off while growing up in Keyport, NJ. Recording the album in Kleiber's apartment, the duo used every instrument available to them that wouldn't get Kleiber evicted. Utilizing African and Latin hand drums as well as classic drum machines, the album forgoes the use of the traditional rock drum kit for a sound that is foreign and unique; at times massive in size and at times sparse, allowing the multiple layers of melodic instruments and voices to shine through. The songs expand and constrict instantaneously; a simple guitar and voice explodes into a barrage of instruments in the blink of an eye.
Francis’ “Black Diamond” starts off the album with a sharp guitar hook, but soon the song evolves into a subtle tapestry that’s dreamy without being too abstract. The song balances love with sorrow, and you hear both of these emotions play out again and again throughout the album on songs like “Whatever You Want” and “Bar None.” This ongoing sense of introspection is nicely balanced by Kleiber’s taut title track, which captures the electricity of the magical getting-to-know-you phase of a romance with bashing acoustic guitar and synthesizers that zigzag over tinkling piano.
The epic “Harbinger” starts as a piano ballad before taking the listener into the realms of pop majesty, weird sidetrips, and operatic drama in under four minutes. Kleiber’s groovy “Set Into Stone,” which is about taking a chance and worrying about the consequences later, skillfully segues into “Carried Over,” a song that finds the narrator dealing the consequences of his actions in what is one of the duo’s most collaborative efforts. Francis’ “Another Hurdle for the Dark Horse,” is another upbeat song that pushes aside self-doubt with this burst of optimism, and it also really seems to sum up the general mindset of the band.
Nice Stuff That People Said About "Third Parties!"
"The music itself has a fluid and coolly undulating rhythmic momentum to it that’s extremely tasty and captivating. The overall chipper and pleasant mood that pervades throughout serves as the yummy icing on an already delicious cake. Damn impressive stuff."
"These songs are epic pieces, not in length, but in the sonic aural sounds that they make. Swirling melodic instruments, with lush harmonic vocals on some songs can then give way to a more standard pop sound. This is a wonderful debut from a band I can’t wait to hear more from."
"This record is one that will be looked back on years from now when they are a regular on radios across the country, it confidently establishes a foundation for a great future. An album like this needed to happen soon, and it couldn’t come at a better time."