Old World Romance - DANGERBIRD
FILTER Grade: 81%
By Paula Mejia on September 13, 2012
“I’m still the impostor / With my suitcase on the floor,” muses Alex Brown Church. Evidently, Sea Wolf’s lead vocalist harbors seriously mixed feelings about coming home to California, where his third release, Old World Romance, was recorded. The album delves into the restless soul of a traveler, one who constantly oscillates between an innate wanderlust and re-embracing the familiarity left behind long ago. Separating from the swelling folk operas of White Water, White Bloom, Romance’s stripped-down melodies and jangling, homegrown rhythms lead the band’s most concise release to date, highlighted by the on-point snares of “In Nothing.” Lush imagery of changing seasons dominates the album, at times hinging on repetitive, yet Old World Romance is a lovely listen. Particularly with the impending autumn breezes underlying “Priscilla,” Sea Wolf’s latest crafts a retrospective piece that lingers just long enough to instill in the listener an undeniable poignancy.