The Able Sea consists of Robert Fisher, Robert Pierson, and Alex Thompson. Drawing comparisons to early psych-rock, they craft songs and create a sound that takes that inspiration and makes something wholly different and fresh. Over the course of 4 albums they've had contributions from Derrick Fore (Farrago Ensemble
), Kerim Peirce, David Morrison
, Henna Chou
, and many other Austin musicians. Engineer and final mix-master Brad Bell has been with the band on all the albums.
The 2008 self-titled debut album, The Able Sea
, critically well-received—was described as “understated dark-pop, " a "distinct 1960s psych muscle," and songs that were "almost reverent, like prayers."
With the addition of Kerim Peirce on bass, and Derrick Fore on keys, The Able Sea II
(2009) brought a harder edge to the songs and live shows. Expanding on their songwriting and studio process, the band recorded the epic 21-song double LP, Yr4 Pt5
In 2017, the band revealed new levels to the rabbit hole of their eerily dreamscaped tunes with Living on the Land
— a sonic, guitar-heavy, 10-song album that is a further exploration into their unique sound.