It’s taken until now for The Silver Seas fourth album ‘Alaska’ to really get the attention of international listeners. They’ve been diligently crafting their repertoire with a series of ever increasingly promising albums which sadly just didn’t achieve the widespread recognition they deserved. The three-piece had previously fell foul of the dreaded naming conflict as they were known as The Bees only to clash with the similarly monikered Isle Of Man band. There is no confusion in the respective music styles and for the uninitiated, Nashville’s The Silver Seas specialise in atmospheric sun dappled songs of love, both lost and found.
The rich moreish title track Alaska heralds the archetypical song that The Silver Seas have built their burgeoning reputation on. What really brings you back for more is that it reveals a different depth on each listen. Subtle additions to each song in terms of instrumentation add those special touches which stick in the mind, be it banjo on the As The Crow Flies to steel guitar on the sublime ode to longing, Roxy. The vocal performance of Daniel Tashian is consistently strong throughout the album, especially so on A Night On The Town.
Influences abound where the upbeat I’m The One is The Silver Seas attempt to sound like The Pretenders and the sweeping lush Sea Of Regret has nods to Nick Drake. Inspiration also surprisingly comes from Adele’s contribution to the Skyfall soundtrack, in the shape of Light’s Out.
The track listing is also spot on, with the band switching between up tempo songs such as the appropriately poppy Karaoke Star to the more meditative mellow Wolfie. You don’t want it to end but eventually it does and closing out the album as gracefully as it had opened is the superb Wild Honey. This music is comforting like a warm sweater on a cold day. With hardly a missed step or track to skip, this is an album to live with and get to know for a very long time. The appeal of this album should reach far and wide as it has all the elements to cross the boundary from the underground indie fan to the mainstream audience.