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This is the third full-length album from this Booklyn collective, The Essex Green. Featuring songs that draw on themes on travel, explroation and the desire for a quiet niche amid the pressures of big city living. Listening to CANNIBAL SEA is like opening a songbook of classic pop. The twleve songs incorporate country-rock traces the Byrds, the Greenwich Village balldry of Fred Neill and the acoustic pop harmonizing of the Mamas and the Papas. Add the pure pop perfection of the Monkees and mix with modern traces of the Shins, the Hidden Cameras and Jens Lekman and you have a recipe for a sound that timeless without being purely retro.
Part Grant McLennan, part Belle and Sebastian, and certainly part Ladybug Transistor--the incarnation that preceded this Brooklyn trio--Essex Green plays tunes that are at once deliriously bright and unabashedly laconic. They hail from Brooklyn, were once Ladybug Transistor, and are part of the Elephant 6 bloodline (that which spawned Olivia Tremor Control, Apples in Stereo, and Neutral Milk Hotel). And Essex Green loves, loves melody, snappy tunes with seemingly Scottish titles like "This Isn't Farmlife," and the lilting vocals, chiming guitars, and Fender Rhodes piano that so wonderfully serve A.C. Newman and the New Pornographers. That's the quixotic predicament with Essex Green: You've heard them before and yet haven't. You should. --Andrew Bartlett
The Essex Green is definitely a sweet and charming band. And the album "Cannibal Sea" is certainly one of the most listenable cd`s I`ve heard during the last year, be it inside or... Read morePublished on November 7, 2008 by Knut Einar Sundlisaeter
This is great background music to study by, to drive by, to chill by. Each song seems to breeze by with no rough edges to interrupt the good vibe. Read morePublished on November 21, 2007 by Russ
Great album, the band does a wonderful job w/ vocals, the vocals seems to me to be the focal point of their music, no instrument is any more present or projecting than the other. Read morePublished on February 19, 2007 by Samuel R. Turco