The Able Sea consists of Robert Fisher, Robert Pierson, and Alex Thompson, with contributions from Derrick Fore (Farrago Ensemble
), Kerim Peirce, David Morrison
, Henna Chou
, and others. Drawing comparisons to early psych-rock, co-writers Pierson and Thompson craft songs and create a sound that's equally 60's inspired, and fresh and clever—with sonic rock touches that expand beyond the expected. 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
, was critically well-received—described as “understated dark-pop” — the music has 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
The next few years saw the band revealing new levels to the rabbit hole of their eerily dreamscaped sound. In 2017 they released Living on the Land
— a sonic, guitar-heavy, 10-song album that is a further exploration into their orchestration and song crafting.