Sea Wolf, Hey Marseilles

When: Sat., Nov. 3, 9 p.m. 2012


Sea Wolf's new album, Old World Romance, marks a return to frontman Alex Church flying mostly solo, a big departure from 2009's White Water, White Bloom. But even with the drum machines and flawless production, this third album emerges as Sea Wolf's most mature and captivating. Understated and personal, Old World Romance makes authentic connections rather than bombarding listeners with an occasionally histrionic assault of feelings, something I always find hard to relate to. Perhaps Sea Wolf went to therapy and learned "I feel" language. Whatever the cause, the dreamy textures, pared-down electronics, and swelling Church-on-Church harmonies create an atmosphere of introspective hopefulness. My favorite song, "In Nothing," features bass melodies and Ian McCulloch-style vocals, a singular foray into the 1980s on this mostly very contemporary-sounding album. REBECCA WILSON

Price: $12-14

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