For Brooklyn, New York’s Joseph Sant, song writing is an honest and inspired experience. Weaving in ambient sounds that range from the ocean waves to subway brakes, the EP Sea White Salt is brave enough to stay true the artist personal vision.
Opening with Horse At The Beach, the EP quickly pulls you in with an airy feel and distant emotional space. It is one part SigurRos, one part Feist and another part all Joseph Sant. The track never loses its intended emotion and sound, and from beginning to end it is a beautiful journey that many people will want to take.
The second title track Sea White Salt reminds me strongly of a band called Ours, without the high registered screaming. The vocals are soft with an added texture of reverb and the song stays within the realm of what feels like a dream-state. Same as Horse At The Beach, this track never speeds up the pace or moves beyond what it initially is, and that isn’t a bad choice at all if your intent was to drive a particular mood across completely.
Nor’easter picks up the pace but doesn’t ditch the drifting-on-the-ocean feel of the first two tracks. It is clear that this is not meant as an album you were meant to workout to, but instead to be used as an inspirational tool to help clear your thoughts, at least that is my take on the album anyway.
The last track titled Only The Shock is more of what we just heard. With airy vocals, distant ambient effects and low register processing, this is a track that you can just close your eyes to and drift with.
The album as a whole is dream-like. It doesn’t bring in heavy drums, violent guitar riffs or vocals you have to turn down. From start to finish it is a smooth, artistic and pleasant journey, and if you enjoy ambient music to listen to while you have your morning coffee or meditating on life, this is the album for you.
Written by: Ryan Donnelly