10 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The epochal arias that dominate In Cold Blood are synth-pop and 21st-century electronica. White Sea (a.k.a. singer/songwriter Morgan Kibby) takes a richly melodic approach to her tales of heartache and desire, whether she’s embracing martyrdom (“Small December”) or claiming superhuman powers (“Warsaw”). Tracks like “They Don’t Know” and “NYC Loves You” attain a cinematic grandeur, balanced by the day-glo funk of “Prague” and the feverish pulsations of “Flash.” It adds up to a sonic tour de force that never stints on passion.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The epochal arias that dominate In Cold Blood are synth-pop and 21st-century electronica. White Sea (a.k.a. singer/songwriter Morgan Kibby) takes a richly melodic approach to her tales of heartache and desire, whether she’s embracing martyrdom (“Small December”) or claiming superhuman powers (“Warsaw”). Tracks like “They Don’t Know” and “NYC Loves You” attain a cinematic grandeur, balanced by the day-glo funk of “Prague” and the feverish pulsations of “Flash.” It adds up to a sonic tour de force that never stints on passion.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

64 Ratings

incredible from beginning to end

Joshuafsmith,

Sooooo I’m an avid music listener and a rare reviewer. I typically assume enough people spread their critiques around without my help. But when I realized there haven’t been any reviews for this album yet I wanted to jump at the chance. I’ve been a fan of Morgan Kibby since I knew she was a part of M83 and heard about a pretty legendary performance at the Hollywood Bowl. I bought the “They Don’t Know” single when it came out and was hooked. I heard “Prague" when the single was released on a few websites and it instantly because my favorite song of the year. I checked out “Future Husbands and Past Lives” when Pitchfork streamed it and cannot believe how good the three for three punch was. Most full length albums are lucky to have 3 great songs period and here, the first three released to the public were knock out of the park great. BIG dramatic music that transcends genres. Insanely big voice, crazy good production (“Midnight City” anyone?), and something that can go from an orchestra and bells with crescendos that give you chills, to pounding electronic beats to soft Janet Jackson sounding “Again” album vibes. I just heard the album on a stream in full 3 times and it is sick. Not a weak song and even the order is thought out so it warrants a full listen for how every song just makes sense where it is. I hope everyone catches on because this is album of the year good and the little music snob in me is giddy with the fact that I’m actually going to be able to say I was there first. Well at least on iTunes. HIGHLY recommend.

An album that gives its listener a full experience.

seatiki,

Every single song could be a single. The album has sweet fragile songs like "Small December", hard pounding beats like "Prague" and retro inspired tunes like"Future Husbands Past Lives". Morgan Kibby has put together a well appointed album and her vocals are that of a true songstress. Buy the album. you will be glad you did.

About White Sea

White Sea is the solo project of L.A. singer/songwriter Morgan Kibby, who is best known for her work as vocalist and keyboardist for French electronic act M83. After first appearing under her own name as a solo artist in 2003, Kibby's initial EP was expanded and re-adapted twice under several band names, the last of which was the Romanovs. Following the 2007 release of their lone album, ...And the Moon Was Hungry..., Kibby began her collaboration with M83, providing keys, arrangements, and several songs to their 2008 album Saturdays=Youth. Following months of touring with M83 in 2009, she returned home and began to furnish a home studio, where she recorded the tracks that would comprise White Sea's debut EP, 2010's This Frontier. Her new material was far different than her earlier work with the Romanovs, adopting more of a cinematic, dance-oriented sound that she began with M83. After the EP's release, she divided her time between remixing tracks for other artists (School of Seven Bells, Lord Huron, Manchester Orchestra) under the White Sea moniker and rejoining M83 for their 2011 album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. In May 2014, Kibby released In Cold Blood, the first full-length album from White Sea. The following year, she began releasing singles and videos as part of her Postcards from Nowhere series, which extended into 2016. That year also saw the release of Bang Gang, a provocative film by director Eva Husson that featured music by Kibby. In 2017, she collected the Postcards from Nowhere songs and additional tracks for White Sea's second album, Tropical Odds. ~ Timothy Monger

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