…Of Sinking Ships – The Amaranthine Sea

  • Steven Farkas posted
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...Of Sinking Ships

The Amaranthine Sea - Broken Circles Records

The Amaranthine Sea, the sophomore full length from Charlotte NC instrumentalists …Of Sinking Ships is their first new record in almost 8 years. The band, brainchild of Chad Waldrup, bass player in post hardcore band Hopesfall, create sweeping, atmospheric instrumentals that attempt to tell a cohesive visual story. The compositions all have a similar flavour, yet still stand out from each other at the same time and manage to incorporate orchestral elements without sounding overly symphonic.

The story in the music works on a number of levels, whether you interpret it as literally floating aimlessly in the sea, experiencing stormy weather, drowning and being reborn or if you take it as a metaphor for life (which I expect is what the band are going for) it is easy enough to follow when you see the track list (as below), but without it, the music just seems to meander along indiscriminately.

1.It’s Easier With No Destination
2.Floating Through this Incessant Sea
3.Shifting Only With The Winds
4.Comforted by a Predictable Current and Tide
5.Rumbling on Dark Winds, a Wicked Premonition
6.Suddenly No More Brilliant Stars in our Sky
7.And Then Your Squall is Upon Me
8.Tumbling and Spinning in Your Wake
9.colliding on Rocks I Knew Not Existed
10.Now Only the Depths I See
11.As I Surface, With a New Revelation Emblazoned
12.Breathing Anew
13.I Set Sail on Winds of Renewal
14.For the Isle of Reverie

It is difficult to follow such a specific narrative through instrumentation only – it is like listening to a film score without knowing anything about the film itself. That’s not to say the music here is bad, because it isn’t – the guitar work is impeccable, taking you through the melody of each song in the absence of vocals, with the bass and drums laying ample foundations for the layers of sound being built up through these compositions. The band deserve credit for what they have created, but after numerous listens, I’m still not exactly sure where it fits into the modern musical landscape. But maybe that’s the entire point.