2008 album was a critical favorite that year.
By Blurt Staff
Asheville, NC, music scene mainstay and Band of Horses
member Tyler Ramsey’s sophomore album A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea is re-released this week via Brown Records/Fat Possum.
Ramsey, who joined Band Of Horses in fall 2007 – wrote A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea while living in a log cabin in Swannanoa,
NC, in late 2006-07.
Recorded at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Studios with the help of Bill Reynolds
(also of Band Of Horses; who’s worked with The Avett Brothers and Lissie) and
Danny Kadar (My Morning Jacket, Band Of Horses, Grizzly Bear), the album was
released by the Echo Mountain label in 2008, prompting an outpouring of
critical kudos (including from BLURT predecessor Harp magazine).
vocals and intricate finger-picked guitar playing lead the way throughout, the
expressive guitar lines often telling as much of a story as the lyrics. “A
Long Dream” opens with a rolling and ruminative cadence, while the
ethereal “Night Time” and the gorgeously languid “Once In Your
Life” rise to gentle and varied crescendos. Other standout tracks
include the bluesy waltz of “No One Goes Out,” the elaborately
layered instrumental “Birdwings,” and the mesmerizing, strings-laced
“When I Wake,” each song reinforcing the album’s fine, hypnotic
currently working on a follow-up album to be released later this year. He
will also head overseas for a Band Of Horses tour at the end of the month that
will run through February.