Seascapes of the Interior – All Safe, All Well

Seascapes of the Interior
All Safe, All Well

This is truly a DIY effort. The current six-piece band from Australia recorded the two main pieces on this, their debut album, over two weekends in a school hall and assembled the other, shorter songs primarily around sounds and recordings that were especially important to the band. In addition to self-releasing their album, the gorgeous packaging was hand-made, right down to the pulping of the paper it’s crafted on. The dark and moody feel to the resulting work perfectly suits the music this amazing band has created.
The piano on “Symbiont Step,” the disc’s highlight piece at more than 11 minutes, is almost breathtaking, and it provides the framework around which the entire song is based. Yet it’s not overbearing, instead drifting almost fragilely beneath drifting strings, guitar, and light drums. Like all the works here, “Symbiont Step” is virtually a living thing, flowing and drifting from quiet to orchestral, even reaching something of a tumultuous crescendos near its ending. “Moving,” which closes the album, is more than 20 minutes in length, and similarly based around piano and violin. The interplay of violin and warbling guitar give the track something of an ethnic, World feel, while the soaring vocals add to the effect. The piano grows and fades in intensity, at times playing sparsely and echoing starkly in the expanses of the school hall. By its ends, it builds perfectly, not quite as aggressive as the climax of “Symbiont Step,” but this time on lush vocals, drums, and piano.
The other tracks mix in vocal approaches from light, sweet female airy vocals on “I Patiently watch the Blood Drain Away” to recordings from a tribesman descendent discussing his life on “Yarto.” There’s beautiful electric and acoustic guitar mixing on “Entwined Essence Passing” and wonderful guitarwork on “Yarto 1” as well.
The recording on All Safe, All Well has a warm, soothing feel, and the flowing style of music – especially between the two album-setting bookends, at times gives the feel of warm, lazy days spent on the sea, or perhaps in the band’s native outback. The production is perfect for the style of music, allowing each instrument to blend seamlessly, and by incorporating bits of horns, piano, synths, and strings with the traditional rock instrumentation, the band truly give their songs life. This album would be easy to overlook and almost slipped through the cracks, but upon first listen, I knew we had something special. Seek this one out – it’s worth it.