This three-song EP from the now-defunct instrumental band Vela is for anyone interested in a soundtrack to escapism.
The epic opener, Vessel, eases you into a world of dreamscapes that cuts into an uplifting cry of instruments elevating the mood that then simmers back to music best played as the backbone to a state of reflection. The underwhelming Dear Ripley unfortunately leaves you feeling bored by the middle, which really hurts such a short offering. Closer Radiance reverberates with a sense of renewal and positive hope that is a suitable ending to the EP, but it’s not enough to save it. Yes, Sea Of Madness will transport you, but you have to be in the mood for it. Therein lies the challenge - in the wrong mood the EP risks blending into one song without any distinction.
Published in Volume 66, Number 21 of The Uniter (March 1, 2012)