The best thing about Essex Green? It's always summer on its songs, and you're 15 and in love for the first time all over again. Cannibal Sea, the third full-length from this Brooklyn trio of Sasha Bell, Chris Ziter and Jeff Baron, is wall-to-wall angelic harmonies, jangling guitars, bubbling synths and bewitching melodies. In their songwriting, the three bandmates are informed by their predecessors, yet inspired enough to avoid sounding derivative. Like audio postcards from your past, you can hear the Byrds' country, Greenwich Village folk, Mamas and Papas-style harmonies, Blondie pop, Ray Davies' hooks and echoes of current fellow travelers like the Shins and Jans Lekman.
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