What’s The Deal with Of Sea And Stone?
OSAS: [insert angel emoji here]
Okay, Jim and Mike down in Austin, I’m gonna need to room with you on April 15, because Of Sea And Stone are playing at Patsy’s Cafe and I need to dance and drink and sing along to this angelic southwestern duo. Fair warning, I might end up dressing up the way that I think Texans dress: bedazzled cowboy boots, velvet orange cowboy hat, stirrup leggings, and chaps. Too much? Well, I don’t care. OSAS makes me feel plucky and natural and fun with their unconventional male/female harmony and rattling guitar-strumming.
If you see me at Patsy’s Cafe in April, feel free to dance with me when they play “Hooks,” and maybe we’ll fall in love for just the dance, exchange fake numbers to follow-up the shamefully good time we had dancing, and part ways with a fun memory. I know, it’s not classy to have a one-night-dance; you’re supposed to be dignified enough to avoid it in the first place, or follow through. At least that’s what OSAS makes me think. The down-home class of this duo (Dierker and Manson) shines through their music and chemistry. Sure, their bio says that they met on Tinder, which is unconventional for older folks, but totally respectable in my generation. Furthermore, their sense of southern propriety was deep enough to start a music duo after the swipe–and a REALLY good duo, at that!
They went as far as buying fiddles, banjos, or a mandolin, and serenade each other on stage as much as they could. Had I known Tinder could be such a hive of creative energy I never would have tried OKCupid (jkbbyily). As fate would have it, they married, and continued to produce a sound that really is reminiscent of the ocean or the mountains–or at very least the way they can make you feel. Songs like “Sunset” are forlorn at times, although uplifting in lyrical nature. On the other hand, the twang of “Play Me Out” coupled with the narrative embedded in the lyrics provides a breakdown halfway that makes it perfect for any wedding below the Mason-Dixon line.
There’s a word that I realize I haven’t used once in this article: the 7-letter c-word. These two can only be described as folky, and create music that’s truly salt-of-the-earth in nature. They sing about love, loss, and life, and they might even mention dogs and trucks in there somewhere. If anyone were to ever accuse me of a c-word-lover, they could cite this article and point at me screaming: “BUT YOU LIKED OF SEA AND STONE! THEY’RE FROM TEXAS! THEY HAVE SOUTHERN DRAWLS AND–AND–TWANGY GUITAR!”
Well, to you I say “Bah!” The genre is moot. Whatever you consider this band’s genre, I love it. I Want to dance to it barefoot in the grass on a summer night. I want to enjoy a beer while it plays low in the background from the bed of a Ford. Maybe this is a slippery slope, but smooth vocals, sleek production, and harmonies like OSAS can endear anyone to folk or c-word music.
Listen to them— and dance to them!