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Sea Wolf
Get To The River Before It Runs Too Low

Rating: 8.6/10 ?

June 1, 2007
Borrowing his moniker from Jack London's novel of the same name, Alex Church's music as Sea Wolf evokes similar longings of anywhere-but-here displacement as the literary tale. The lone "invariable member" of Sea Wolf, Church's childhood was comprised of stints in scattered locales, from Alaska, Hawaii and California to the French countryside, providing a sojourner's mentality for the sonic journey ahead.

The elegies composed on Sea Wolf's Get To The River Before It Runs Too Low refract the theme of sorrow into more delightful, melodic arrangements; the sum maintains the proper emotional weight within an accessible medium. "You're A Wolf" utilizes Stills-like guitar simplicity alongside a light string section while Church sings about "realizing where you should be, and the sudden urgency of the need to get there."

Acoustic picking steals the stage on "The Garden That You Planted," a melancholic smile that features a beautiful cello for its backdrop. Of the tracks presented here, "I Made A Resolution" pushes forward with the most aggression, rolling its musical windows down for Church's normally plaintive vocal to come alive.

The remaining two tracks on Get To The River, which was produced by Church with backup from Seattle producer Phil Ek (Band of Horses, The Shins), only serve to echo the same sentiments that Sea Wolf succeeds brilliantly in establishing on the others, cementing Church's sturdy indie foundation. The EP is a sort of musical John the Baptist, paving the way for what should be an impressive full length due out this fall.

Reviewed by Matt Conner
A contributing writer, Matt Conner lives in Anderson, Indiana.

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