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Stars At Noon

Sea Ray

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Album Review

The New York City space rock sextet Sea Ray must feel awfully lonely amidst the Big Apple's post-rock, garage-cleaning glitterati. Stars at Noon, its debut for the Self-Starter Foundation, forgoes any stabs at irony by remaining reverently melodic and unpretentious. The beautiful opener "Sister Gone" washes in like a slow-moving storm, then splinters into a deluge of intricate guitar and cello leads that wrap around each other like deviant siblings. This approach is masterfully orchestrated throughout, leaving small breaths between explosive bridges that are reminiscent of early-'90s Cure and the Church. Like Luna frontman Dean Wareham, vocalist/guitarist Jordan Warner employs a lazy and observational coyness that deftly steers the dreamy tone poem lyrics back into the 21st century, most notably on the beautiful "Forge Utopia," which relies heavily on Anne Brewster's elegant cello work. Sea Ray will likely draw more than a few Radiohead comparisons, whose foray into dreamy electronica has as many detractors as supporters, and there is some of that here. However, those cold English gentlemen could learn something from the warm chamber pop pillow that is Stars at Noon. Namely, that to connect with people you have to embrace your own humanity first.

Customer Reviews

Great live band never gets there chance at fame

After opening for The Church and other great acts these guys never made it to the top of the charts, but I hear were awesome in concert. They are currently broken up, but this CD trancends all great genres and time itself. Great Rock, Indie feelin, Catchy Pop beats, don't miss this CD!!!

this album is pretty good

this album is pretty awesome, good solid songs on it, i wish they were still together. definately worth the cash

Fantastic Band

I saw them live twice and "Hall of fame" is a classic. Better than 98.5% of the garbage out there now passing as indie.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

New York City's Sea Ray brew a provocative blend of indie pop, space rock, and classic psychedelia that sets the band apart from the scene's slew of post-punk revivalists. Born in the late-'90s in Brooklyn, the group released their eponymous debut in 1997, followed by an EP produced by Tobin Sprout (Guided By Voices) in 1999. The group shared the stage with such luminaries as the Church and Yo La Tengo, eventually releasing the Revelry EP in 2001 to the delight of critics and college radio. As their...
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