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The Reed Sea "No Help"

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 @ 7:50am » permalink

The Reed Sea - No HelpThe Reed Sea is a four-piece from Portland, OR, and that's pretty much all I know about 'em. One of the band members shot me an email a week or two ago and asked me to check out their free EP, "No Help", and I immediately knew that this was something I could appreciate. They play what I would lazily describe as stripped down and restrained emo/indie rock, but there's really more to it than that because there's also this unique sort of dark, "post-punk" sound that's to some degree reminiscent of assorted UK bands from various points over the last three decades. The vocals definitely have that soft, somber, monotone approach goin' on, while the music relies almost exclusively on jangly clean guitars over pulsing bass and relatively straightforward percussion. They transition into a mild surge of light distortion once or twice throughout the entire 17-minute listen, generally opting for lots of slow, winding arpeggios. In theory it sort of seems like it's the kind of thing that might get old fast, and I'll admit that typically bands of this nature hit me as far too one-sided. I generally miss the dynamics and clamor for a distorted edge to act as a counterbalance. But that's not the case here at all. Whatever they're doing, consciously or otherwise, they've completely nailed it. The atmosphere really works – it doesn't feel overly plain, and nothing seems missing. I'm already looking forward to hearing more…

The Reed Sea "Other"

As mentioned above, the whole EP is available as a free download, so there's really no excuse not to check it out in full:

[DOWNLOAD] The Reed Sea "No Help" (@ The Reed Sea)


  1. CastleQwayR says:

    Good description, I do hope they evolve as much as you do!

  2. Funkyfresh says:

    Yo, i went to them live, that shit is for real. this band has flavor and a good sense of humor they have a new track and its a real killer going to expect alot from them soon..

  3. woazza man says:

    They really have somthing there, amazing band. First time listening to them it sank, im hooked and i dont care who knows it!

  4. Poofthereitis says:

    I love their music. If you focus on the percussion while listening, you can really understand the complexity of the simplicity… if that makes sense :)

  5. Moose says:

    This shit is really good. Definitely pulls off a certain mood that's a little hard to pin down and works really well for wandering around lost in a new city 3000 miles from "home". I look forward to a full length from these guys.

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