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Sickoakes: Seawards
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This is the debut album from this six-piece instrumental band from Stockholm, Sweden. With lilting, echoing, ethereal guitars, the songs are mostly slow and lengthy and build patiently, with a couple of them clocking in at around ten minutes and one at a whopping twenty-three plus minutes (although with its several “movements” it’s more akin to a symphony than a song). But the length just adds to the beauty and entrancing quality of this album, taking you to a dream-like place where the passage of time is hardly relevant. Fans of instrumental bands like Explosions In The Sky, Mono (from Japan), Mogwai, or a mellower Kinski should really like this. 3/24/2006 - Don Yates


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