The Calm Blue Sea: “We Will Never Be As Young As We Are Tonight”
The Tuesday after a long holiday weekend is for getting back to business. Monday’s a wash. We’re all still suffering from the carb overload and tryptophan haze from endless turkey leftovers, and your heart’s probably not into returning those emails from HR. So Tuesday’s when we usually trudge forward, and look forward to the next holiday. In order to ease you back into the grind, we have for you a bit of music from Austin’s own instrumental-music extraordinaires The Calm Blue Sea.
The band formed in late 2007, and hit the ground running. They recorded and self-released their eponymous debut the following year, and embarked on an American tour. Local indie label Modern Outsider re-released the album last year. The Calm Blue Sea’s next project would stretch their creative muscles almost to the breaking point. They set about to create a 96-minute score for Fritz Lang’s epic 1925 film “Siegfried.” They performed the score live at a showing of the film at The Ritz (Now The Alamo Drafthouse at The Ritz). The band took most of the next year off, in time for SXSW ’11. The band began crafting their sophomore record. They started recording earlier this year, and the record, titled Arrivals & Departures, hit the streets in October.
We here at KUT were lucky enough to host The Calm Blue Sea for a session in our own Studio 1A. They performed three tunes from the new record, including today’s song of the day “We Will Never Be As Young As We Are Tonight.” The song begins in typical Calm Blue Sea fashion: quiet, contemplative. The virtuosic drumming quickly ups the ante, and adds a little metallic punch to the dreamlike tune. But they quickly pull back, like a wave crashing and receding (and you thought you’d get out of this write-up without one ocean simile or metaphor). The cycle repeats itself at least one more time before gently letting the listener float gently back to earth. You really couldn’t ask for a more centering experience on this post-holiday Tuesday.