It isn’t easy for an indie band to keep going through the stresses of a small-scale self release, DIY efforts at band management and tour booking, while trying to maintain interpersonal relationships and general sanity. So it is a fortunate thing for us that The Calm Blue Sea is back together again after a 1-1/2 year hiatus.

Their gorgeous, emotionally stirring 2008 debut is set to be re-released on Modern Outsider Records on August 2 (available for preorder). This reissue has been remastered and features two unreleased bonus tracks. It was recorded at Austin’s Cacophony Recorders with acclaimed engineer Erik Wofford (The Black Angels, Explosions in the Sky), and will be released digitally and on CD, and also on 12-inch vinyl.

Listen to “Literal” on NPR. It starts dreamily and slowly builds into epic grandeur a la Pink Floyd or Explosions In The Sky. Elegant, explosive, and truly majestic.

This is the sort of music that cries out to be seen and heard live, so it’s good news that a U.S. tour is in the works to coincide with the album’s release. There will also be a video for “Literal,” produced by Cliff Wildman of Pitch Productions and animated/directed by Paul Beck (“Waking Life”, “A Scanner Darkly”). For now, if you’re in Texas, you can see them on 7/29 at The Parish in Austin, 8/6 at The Mink in Houston, and 8/19 at Emo’s in Austin. They’ll also be performing on Austin radio station KUT (90.5FM) on 7/28. And listen to their “Siegfried” film score below.

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