I don’t know if I just happened to come across this album while in the right state of mind or what, but I’m really liking Spies on Bikes “Man Overboard” a lot. A project of Tampa’s Nathan Cochran, Man Overboard is kind of an abstract album that uses various voice samples, squawking seagulls, and airport announcements, which gives it more of an organic sound.
On the opening track, “Leaving“, there are voices that go from an innocent sounding “can you hear me?” into some kind of argument, although it’s mostly done behind the music. “Sun Showers” is perfectly titled as it conjures up the image of gently falling rain, thunder, and children playing. The 7 1/2 minute “Deep Search“, which is my favorite on this album, starts out with the calming sound of birds and ocean waves, eventually building up to a drum beat and guitars, before calming back down again.
This album is best listened to through a really good set of headphones, where you’ll end up picking out some new sounds every time. Man Overboard is available as a name your own price download on Bandcamp and definitely worth checking out.