- Tiana Speter
NEW ALBUM REVIEW: Air Land Sea (AIR LAND SEA)
ALBUM: Air Land Sea // ARTIST: Air Land Sea
Hit the road with some astral harmonics and a trio of Aussie dream-weavers with the self-titled album from Air Land Sea, aka Lior, Nadav Kahn and Tony Buchen.
Bringing together smudges of the 60s and 70s Laurel Canyon scene, along with a dash of Brian Wilson and swirling psychedelia, the collaboration of acclaimed Aussie musos Lior, Nadav Kahn and Tony Buchen has resulted in a fittingly titled endeavour: Air Land Sea. With breathy vocals, grounded arrangements and rolling harmonics, Air Land Sea combine elemental shading with entirely vulnerable narratives, and their debut self-titled release ultimately carries distinct solo identities with a cohesive warmth.
Kicking out with the softly building intro 'Tell Me What You See When Your Eyes Close', Air Land Sea stake their claim on their collaborative outing; slinging cascading harmonies across sharp psychedelia, the trio's opener makes clear the remaining album's intentions while rolling seamlessly into 'Golden Child'. As one of the lead singles for Air Land Sea, 'Golden Child' mixes vulnerable warmth, wistful hope and twinkling instrumentals into a uniquely personal song which draws collectively from the group's individual experiences (with an equally charming music video to boot).
GOLDEN CHILD (AIR LAND SEA)
'I'll Find You' unfurls next like a never-ending wave faintly rolling across the horizon, while 'How We Gonna Get There' kicks up the beats and throws down some modern nostalgia, as if the Beatles jumped on a road trip to Byron Bay. From here it's a lurch into a mesmerising universe of lush, melancholic pianos (If You Stay Tonight), acoustic psychadelica (All The Loneliness) and modern indie rock (Leave You To Fight It) before the Frank Turner-esque 'Taking Me Down' busts out some spooky tones and kaleidoscopic vocals from the Air Land Sea gents.
Closing out the album we arrive in more serene waters full of bubbling percussion and placid meandering melodics with 'Be The Sun', before closing track 'Black Rainbow' cleaves drooping melodics with dissonant harmonies over a slowly building backdrop. At this stage of proceedings it's a slow burn to finish, but a lush and mesmerising moment in time nonetheless that briefly tempts you out of reality into the pschy world of Air Land Sea in a fitting conclusion.
Inspired by a spur of the moment writing trip taken by three old friends, Air Land Sea richly paints an ode to vintage tones, musical catharsis and a lust for storytelling from three seasoned songwriters at very distinct moments in their collective careers. And while they arrive heavily influenced by specific settings and eras from days gone by, there's a bewitching sense of self and sonic mastery that permeates the debut album for Air Land Sea as it begs to profess its soul like a stirring soundtrack for a coming-of-age indie rom com.
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BY TIANA SPETER