Agitated Atmosphere: Archers by the Sea – Key and Bones

As major labels continue to exist behind the times, artists and labels with little capital and lesser reputations are producing some of the most innovative, interesting, and inspiring music. Whether it’s creating a new niche in digital technology or looking to once obsolete formats, Agitated Atmosphere hopes to pull back the curtain on a wealth of sights and sound from luminaries such as Archers by the Sea.

Svetlana Boym’s The Future of Nostalgia outlines why society continues to turn toward the past in historic moments of upheaval. It’s no coincidence genres of music have thrived on tugging at heart strings and fond remembrances. It’s a permeating trend.

There is no misty goodbye with Vincent Caylet. Key and Bones is not a sad farewell to his Archers by the Sea moniker but a reserved celebration. Recording under such names as V, Pistil Cosmos and Cankun (his most recent and arguably, his most recognizable), Caylet has used each pseudonym as a means to take a defined emotion and transform it into sound. Though it may have the stench of nostalgia clinging to it, Caylet has never fallen into its musical trap (as captivating and invigorating as it is).

Key and Bones is a meditative goodbye; one that properly sends Archers by the Sea off into the fog without regret. As his attention turns to more tropical influences, ABTS has one last job to accomplish in the cold winter. “Citizen Loneliness,” is not a salvo against solitude, rather a contemplative piece at peace. The sweet chirps of birds kissing the summer goodbye as Caylet’s gleaning frost moves in from the sea. “No Need to Talk” is a steady sleet, preserving the world as it sits in a thick layer of dense drone; ripples of guitar the only sign of life underneath the sheet of ice. But Caylet loses his nerve, deciding that all good things must be allowed to blossom and evolve. “We Love the Sun” melts away the winter cold, and along with it any tinge of clinging nostalgia.

ABTS accomplished much during the modest timeframe Caylet has awarded. Now is the time to move forward. There is progress to be won and Caylet won’t allow it to be stifled, even by a project as enveloping as Archers by the Sea and an album as wistfully mature as Key and Bones.

Justin Spicer is a freelance journalist whose work can be viewed at his website. You can also find him on Twitter.

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