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The Battle of Land and Sea The Battle of Land and Sea

  • Words: Scott Thill
  • Label: Notenuf
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

The spare landscapes of Sarah O'Shura and Joshua Canny are filled with lo-fi longing. "I've traveled far just to get to this state," O’Shura sings in the finale, "You Are the Sailor," after over half an hour of patiently introspective, sometimes haunting soundtrack-esque songs. Some dreams unfold in slow motion, and some tracks were meant to be listened to while lost at sea. Sure enough, The Battle of Land and Sea's maritime metaphors are everywhere, especially on stark tracks like "I Built the Sea" and "Birdsong." Understanding love, loss, and everything in between, at least for O'Shura and Canny, is evidently a very quiet process that works best when accompanied by the motion of the ocean.

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