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Beneath Waves

Karl Blau

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Album Review

As a collection of songs, Karl Blau's third album was along the same lines as his previous efforts: humble, likable, whimsical, and slightly peculiar. There wasn't as much musical eclecticism to the production and instrumentation as there was in some of his previous projects, though it retains the informal feeling characteristic of many K and Knw-Yr-Own releases coming out of Washington state. If you're a fan of Brian Wilson in his somewhat burned-out period, this might be for you, as it has a similar modest making-music-for-myself feel. Blau's not as burned out as Wilson, though; he's just content to warble bemusedly about simple pleasures and enigmas, the basic rock production flavored by some low-key orchestration suitable to the daydreaming gait of the material. As daydreaming odes go, "Shadow" is a standout, while on the yet spacier "The Dark Magical Sea," he sounds not just like he's drifting out to sea, but vanishing into outer space. It's a low-key record, but he can rock out in an understated fashion too, kind of like Kevin Ayers used to do sometimes just when he'd lulled you into an easygoing frame of mind.

Customer Reviews

kinda sorta.......

i think that karl blau has a very intresting voice, but not somthing that people want to listin to.

Thadd

I think that Karl Blau captures a beautiful vibe in his music Beneath Waves is amazing Dragon song is the best

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Working out of the small town of Anacortes in northern Washington state, Karl Blau has released several cassettes, as well as a CD, Shell Collection, on the small Knw-Yr-Own label. Shell Collection, from 1997, is comprised of four-track recordings that are among the more intriguing and versatile sounds to have come out of the lo-fi indie underground. With a vibe that is both down-home and whimsical, Blau grafts parts of winsome folk-rock onto lazy jamming blues, vintage rocksteady reggae, high '70s...
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