Imagine From the Sea as a nicely-aged red wine.
At first it comes off as opulent and earthy, giving off that tangible and lingering feeling felt in the album’s opener, “Intro.” Perhaps prefacing Michal Menert’s anecdotal and thought-provoking commentary found throughout the album, the first synth-organ notes register as sobering and chilling before the mostly-instrumental track asks, “Where do ghosts come from?”
This eerie rhetoric and opening taste are plain enough, but sip further into this 17-track LP and a far more full-bodied and robust experience emerges, where sound blissfully overwhelms from all directions. Featuring a DJ, an MC, and even a violinist in addition to Menert’s widespread musical tendencies, the seven-piece band’s sound contains hints of jazz, jam, R&B and hip-hop.
While its wide-ranging music encompasses a multitude of themes and vibes, the lyrics are much more narrow in their scope. “This record is an exploration of how seemingly inconsequential moments ripple through time and haunt us,” said Menert in a recent press release. “I want to help people realize that they’re not the only ones confused about how this is all supposed to go down. It’s universal.”
With From the Sea, Menert attempts to create a musical respite from an increasingly frustrating mainstream reality.
On this ambitious proje,ct Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics pool together such a musical aptitude that this project begs to be finished in one sitting. From the Sea is a toast to a spectacular body of work from Menert, while this sophomore project is already a modern vintage.