Last Days' debut Sea brings to mind all those last moments of events in ones life. Moments which yield those confused emotions that endings and their subsequent beginnings bring. Sea has an implied lo-fi cinematic quality which makes it feel like the soundtrack to an old super-8 movie you may have stored in the attic, the only things missing are the musty smell of the cardboard box that the movies have been in all these years and the warm clatter of the old projector. The music on "Sea" is just that emotive, to conjure up such visual detail to how you are feeling. A slightly new direction for n5MD, Sea is neither strictly electronic nor acoustic. Last Day's utilizes both elements to conjure up a sound that is somewhat minimal yet musically rich, much like the more introspective moments of Port-Royal (Resonant) or Deaf Center (Type) 'Sea', is somewhat of a concept album about escaping modern life and all responsibilities that come with it. Based on mood and song titles "Sea" has a narrative running through it describing the foolish exploits of one disillusioned character as he recklessly travels north alone on a boat only to be lost, found and rescued but fearful that the urge to flee society and be alone again still remains. "Sea" is a beautiful, emotionally honest album that helps you remember all those last moments or even a way to escape them but if for a moment.

Yet the overriding impression is one of optimism. Last days can only give way to new beginnings. So it is that Sea represents neither death nor doom but rather change. And since change is the only constant in our entire lives, it could therefore follow that Sea just might become the soundtrack of our existence. 

Sad, yes, depressing, not quite, but certainly emotionally charged, Sea is brought to fruition with an honesty and deftness of touch that will certainly leave its mark on you if you allow it. A fine record - the sort that can bring new respect to a label.

Sea is an excellent debut piece by a talented young artist. The album's name, Sea, mirrors the style Richardson employs. A dreamlike, gentle, yet undeniably powerful, sound forever moving and reforming. Richardson utilises both the electronic and acoustic, blending them seamlessly into a rich audio scenario. Sea is an album full of emotion, full of beauty, full of darkness. Sea is an album that is as stark as it is rich, it is Richardson's manipulation of this disparity that makes his debut LP such an intoxicated suspension of sound.

“Mountains” even incorporates sounds of a desperate SOS pattern being tapped out via Morse code at one point, as heavily treated piano chords take on a submerging degree of reverb. 
Indeed, on this center section of Sea, Richardson succeeds brilliantly in forging an atmosphere that’s equal parts foreboding and pleasurably solipsistic. Perhaps most importantly, there’s always the promise of a happy ending lying in wait for those left feeling a little too emotionally bereft by the works of constrained intensity that precede it.

There's plenty to get stuck into here and I suspect fans of Deaf Center, Stars of the Lid, Mountains or Eluvium would find bags of goodness here to sink their teeth into. The genre might be expanding rapidly now, but there's always room for more treats, especially when they're this well produced. Delicate and warming - a real treat.

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