Variant Sea’s new single ‘Selene’ out now.
Who: Luke Duffy (piano), and Shell Dooley (guitars).
What: Ambient post-rock.
Where: Dublin, Ireland.
Why: The ambient thing and the post-rock thing is pretty much done to death at this stage. Stars of the Lid and Godspeed You! Black Emperor have it sewn up. Having said that, Dublin duo Variant Sea to the damndest to buck that established truth. On new single ‘Selene’ they do a damn fine job of it too. Eerie and ethereal, the track is a mournfully romantic piece that layers mood upon mood but reaching a gentle climax like a wave breaking gently on the shore. Discretely spectacular.