Jason Choi and the Sea
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Jason Choi and the Sea


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The best kept secret in music


"Jason Choi and The Sea CD review"

Hailing from the surf in Melbourne, Jason Choi and The Sea deliver waves of simple wisdom to land lovers via their debut, Leave the Night Behind.

Heartfelt and emotionally honest, Jason Choi (on vocals) captains the 10-track album's voyage into awakening, realization, and confession. The opening "Up Jumps the Devil" gently welcomes the listener like a slow sunrise, then quickly turns into a frantic-folk pulse that previews the band's dynamic spectrum, which persists through subsequent tracks. Midway through the album, "Reminder" continues the momentum, bracing and breaking with cleverly placed multi-instrumental crescendos that incite innocent wonder as to where The Sea plans to take you, the rookie sailor to the ship, next.

Although their sound is reminiscent of Death Cab for Cutie's Photo Album, with influences that parallel both Minus the Bear and American Football, Leave the Night Behind warrants elbowroom in the album collections and brain space of those beyond the fringe of the underground proud. Jason Choi and The Sea elegantly craft a cross section of tender delivery and visceral earnestness that can put their home of the Space Coast on the indie-rock map. - OrlandoCityBeat


2001 … and Miles to Go Before I Sleep (self-released)
2003 split CD with Hope Breaks Through (Winter in July)
2006 Leave the Night Behind (Team Grizzly)
2006 Atlas Compilation No. 1 (Atlas)
2006 Post*Records & Friends present: Ole! (Post)


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After writing and playing by his lonesome for several years, Jason Choi gathered some friends together to record a CD for Winter in July Records in 2003. Drawing comparisons to Damien Jurado and Kind of Like Spitting, these four songs strike a chord with the listener's sense of longing and regret. Dubbing his backing band the Sea, Jason began writing songs with a fuller sound in mind, involving more guitars, keys, and percussion instruments. After their first tour of the southeast in the summer of 2004, Jason Choi and the Sea went back to the studio to begin work on a full-length album, Leave the Night Behind. Musically, the album pulls influences from Death Cab for Cutie and American Football, as well as the band's folk beginnings. Unlike those of previous recordings, these ten songs aspire to uplift the listener, using imagery of light and darkness as a parallel to good and evil, joy and sorrow, and hope and shame. After more touring and several lineup changes, Leave the Night Behind was released in June of 2006 on Team Grizzly, a label started by Jason and Brian Bo (of Clock Hands Strangle). Its release was directly followed by an eastern U.S. tour. Jason Choi and the Sea has played with artists such as Phosphorescent (Misra), Madeline (Orange Twin), Castanets (Asthmatic Kitty), Defiance, Ohio (Plan-It-X), the Living Blue (Minty Fresh), and Scout's Honor (No Idea), as well as Florida favorites Baby Calendar (Happy Happy Birthday to Me), Look Mexico (Lujo), Clock Hands Strangle (Team Grizzly), Band Marino, and Summerbirds in the Cellar.