Published Jun 18, 2013Remember Sea Snakes? They were a short-lived Canadian indie rock band who released the acclaimed album Clear as Day, the Darkest Tools back in 2004 before calling it quits. Now, a couple of the members have returned as Miserere and on June 25 will release their self-titled debut album through Idée Fixe Records. Until then, the whole thing is available to stream on Exclaim.ca.
Miserere features principal Sea Snakes songwriter Jim McIntyre and the band's former guitarist Kristian Galberg, plus newcomers Marc Stonestreet (drums/guitar/vocals) and Alnis Dickson (bass). They recorded their album with producer Jeff McMurrich, who also worked on Clear as Day, the Darkest Tools.
This resulted in a record that's soft and tuneful, with chiming guitar plucking intermingling with jazzy rhythms and McIntyre's high, poignant vocals. The arrangements are tastefully restrained, although the hint of murky ambience that underpins "Going Home" deviates slightly from the band's usual sound.
Listen for yourself below.