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Robert Casady | The Sea Was Once Here

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The Sea Was Once Here

by Robert Casady

Ethereal and elegiac tone poems blending ambient, electronic and neoclassical genres, designed to captivate and transport the listener to worlds beyond.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Unheard
3:37 $0.99
2. Fell Asleep
5:55 $0.99
3. The Sea Was Once Here
5:30 $0.99
4. Just Under
4:10 $0.99
5. Grazing the Rings (Farewell, Cassini)
4:54 $0.99
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Album Notes
The follow-up to Robert Casady's well-received EP 'First Light', 'The Sea Was Once Here' is a new collection of poetic, introspective tracks. The music combines electronics, distant pianos, strings, and haunting synth textures to evoke images that are both familiar and new.

"Unheard" is a reference to a classic Keats poem, while "Fell Asleep" honors a melancholy epitaph seen in a country churchyard.

The title track is inspired by dry fossil beds that were once home to great bodies of water. "Just Under" invokes the feeling of floating just below the surface.

"Grazing the Rings" is a tribute to the international Cassini-Huygens space probe that spent 20 years exploring the area around Saturn. Its mission ended in September of 2017 as the craft drifted into the atmosphere of the planet. The music juxtaposes desolation and loneliness with beauty, mystery and wonder.

"Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter."
--John Keats
Ode on a Grecian Urn



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Steve Sheppard

A musical tapestry of utter ambient genius
There are very few musicians who can totally master the art of drawing or painting a musical narrative of an ambient soundscape to such a level of quality that you are actually there, one that will move from linier time, into a totally different dimension entirely. On The Sea Was Once Here, a title so fantastically artistic, Robert Casady becomes a sonic master to a musical narrative that is so poignant and encapsulating, one that won’t just open that portal, it will lift you up and take you right in.
This EP is outstanding in its ambience, with the divine Unheard starting this pastiche of brilliance and to follow up with the dream like opus entitled Fell Asleep is nothing but genius in motion.
This EP has been on my media player all day and I cannot stop bathing in its multi-dimensional textures, like those that can be found on the title track The Sea Was Once Here. As an ambient music artist myself, I am personally inspired by the keyboards and synths of Casady on this most illustrious composition, the floating pads create a whole new realm of musical narrative to get lost within, and the slow movement in and out give us a true feeling of waves from a long forgotten sea, lost somewhere out on the borderlands of time itself.
The smooth refrains of Just Under has a standard of musical excellence that many will find deeply mesmeric, the perfect essences of relaxation and serenity can be found here, as in the last track entitled Grazing the Rings (Farwell Cassini), a vast oasis of sound and tone that is simply breath-taking, its galactic space like energies seem to swirl around us with a vibrational sense of mystery, motion and exploration.
The Sea Was Once Here is one of the finest examples of electronic ambient styled music I have heard since listening to the latest Kevin Kendle release and there are similarities to be had here as well. Robert Casady has brought into this world something that will appeal to the vast legions of electronic and ambient music fans; The Sea Was Once Here is a superior collection of brilliantly performed tracks, which have been created with intelligence and crafted with sublime skill, a literal manifestation of a musical tapestry of utter ambient genius.