The Eastern Sea were originally created as a bedroom project by singer/songwriter Matthew Hines; but would eventually add more members and become a full band. Their last album "Plague" was released in Summer 2012 to high critical acclaim with Paste Magazine calling it “oddly familiar yet totally unique, haunting yet strikingly uplifting," USA Today saying "shimmering indie pop genius…” and Pop Matters recommending "This is an incredible record from a band that’s way ahead of the bell curve. Sit up, listen and pay attention.”
After the 2012 release of their LP Plague, The Eastern Sea (Austin, TX) took no time getting used to high praise. Popmatters called the band “way ahead of the bell curve,” while Paste referred to the album’s sound (somewhere between Explosions in the Sky and Death Cab for Cutie) as “a pretty cool place to be for a band this young.”
Even as the positive critical response came in, the band thought long and hard about what it meant to create music intended for public judgement. What needed to be done to make new music in an honest and thoughtful way? How could they even judge their own work in the blur of cross-country touring? The result of this inward searching is The Witness, the band’s first full length record in three years.
The Witness pairs the enthusiasm of TES's live show with a tender consideration for narrative and mood. Tracks such as “Silver Spoon” and “Boy in Blue” showcase the band's powerful rhythm section in contrast to the delicate melodic touches of electric piano and trumpet. The vocals paint wistful portraits of past memories, all half-spoiled by time spent in the filing cabinet of the mind. Instead of seeking judgement, the songs from The Witness reach for inward understanding through the use of an observational tone.