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Land of Sea

Chris and Thomas

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Album Review

Memphis born Chris and Munich bred Thomas have already made quite a splash in the U.K., while their debut, Vista Street Sessions EP, has flicked up some waves on this side of the Atlantic as well. Falling broadly into the indie folk or Americana bag, the duo have been compared to the likes of Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills & Nash; neither comparison really captures the pair's unique sound. For starters, Chris & Thomas never over-think their vocals, and much like the Everly Brothers their voices just seem to naturally intertwine, with the kind of easy perfection only achieved through many years of happily singing together. And the pair achieve the same with their instruments, flawlessly interweaving their acoustic guitars, (and occasionally banjo); rarely have two musical hearts so beat as one. However, what's equally striking about their debut full-length Land of Sea is the wistful atmospheres the duo inevitably conjure up, and the incredibly soothing auras, even as the pair glide across genres. Both the title track and "Bettin' on the Moon" are grounded in the blues, the former slides in just a touch of prog rock, the latter bubbles up into country, a style the duo slip into as easily as an old shoe. "Broken Chair" and "You're the One I Want," in contrast, sport a folkier feel, while "Isn't That So" and "Don't Hang Your Heart" both conjure up a taste of California, with the former's harmonies at times evoking the Jefferson Airplane, the latter falling towards Simon & Garfunkel territory. Moody melodies shadow all these numbers, and perhaps none more beautifully than the banjo flecked "Time to Find Out," whose gently surging rhythm under-lights the whole piece. "Horse in the Sky" showcases the pair's natural bounce, while "In My Time" bubbles along like a brook on a cascade of lovely guitars. There again, every track within showcases the pair's sublime musicianship, its beauty found in its very understatement. Filled with homespun lyrical wisdom and poetic touches revolving everyday concerns and matters of the heart, gorgeous music, and fabulous guitar picking, Land of Sea is a timeless set.

Customer Reviews

driveway moment

...i could say that Land of Sea so captivates that listening to it after the gig, i couldn't leave my car until the entire album had been played ...i could say that Bettin' on the Moon had me weeping, Riversong had me bawling, and when In my Time and Dreaming of Relief came around my past, present and future had been revealed to me ...and i could say that if there was a Top 1 desert island album list, Land of Sea would be my ONE When we stop searching for truth and beauty and meaning, it inevitably reveals itself ...on a CD...and in chris and thomas. I have the deepest gratitude for your music. T

Listen to Land of Sea instead of doing yoga...ohm.

Like other reviewers, I first heard chris and thomas on KCRW...and boy did fate smile down on us that day. It's rare that a song (for me it was Broken Chair) stops you in your tracks and makes you drop what you're doing, enraptured as I was by the message and the music. But that's what the Land of Sea album does to listeners. It carries you off...to a dreamy place (Land of Sea, Dreaming of Relief) or to a heartbreaking memory (Don't Hang Your Heart, Broken Chair) or to wherever their songs move you. And soon you realize, after having been transported to the corners of the mind, that the album has actually put a mirror up to your soul, which is what good, GREAT, timeless and truly beautiful music should do. The music of Chris and Thomas really is incomparable. This album's one for the ages. Now, go to yoga.

Amazing!!!

What is so immediately captivating about Chris and Thomas is their beautiful voices. They meld perfectly together and brings greats like Simon and Garfunkle to mind. While listening to the album in depth it is the strength of the pair's song-writing that becomes apparent. From the opening track "Land of Sea" to the gripping "Don't Hang Your Heart" and the sweet "You're the One I Want" with it's Elliot Smith-like vibe, the album has been described as "album of the year" by many critics for obvious reasons. This is definitely a duo to look out for!!!

Biography

Formed: 2003

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s

Though they were born on different continents, Chris Anderson and Thomas Hein found musical kinship at university in Liverpool, where both were studying. After school, they spent the last few years of the 20th century driving around England in a van as part of a traveling cooking show/restaurant they had developed, but eventually they decided that music was really the path they wanted to pursue. Moving to Los Angeles in 2003, Chris & Thomas, as they decided to call themselves, played their first...
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