“Seven Years at Sea” is the only track on New York experimental composer Patrick Grant’s second album, A Sequence of Waves, that has vocals. Otherwise it’s completely instrumental and a complete departure from his first LP, Tilted Axes, despite being largely guitar-driven and classically composed.
Indie-wise, A Sequence of Waves is a bit light. The experimental nature of the album, the arrangement and composition and the types of instruments used on this album lean quite heavily towards classical, jazz and prog rock. They’re all interesting and cleanly-produced pieces, but “Seven Years at Sea” is a definite highlight for the indie set, and not just because of the vocals. The electronic elements are strongly displayed here, with less analog instruments than many of the other tracks. This song is also written in a key which is slightly off major and the composition is of an ambient, eerie quality which merges with the equally eerie vocals.
Said vocals are so electronically distorted and ambient themselves that they are almost unintelligible and one could make a case that “Seven Years at Sea” is not actually a vocal track either. What is obviously and characteristically Grant is, of course, the guitars. They wind around and soar over the vocals, the instrumentals and the electronic synths and are really the binding force in this track in a way which is not duplicated on this album.
“Seven Years at Sea” is definitely one of the most cohesive and indie-friendly tracks on A Sequence of Waves, but anyone who loves experimental, sort of Dadaist music fantastic guitars would likely love the whole LP, which Grant has subtitled “twelve stories and a dream”.
Written by Layla Marino