Black Sea

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A somewhat mysterious goth rock outfit from Haledon, NJ (also home to the vastly different Feelies and their various permutations), Black Sea only managed a single album, 1990's An Early Fall, but their…
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A somewhat mysterious goth rock outfit from Haledon, NJ (also home to the vastly different Feelies and their various permutations), Black Sea only managed a single album, 1990's An Early Fall, but their melodic and somewhat pop-oriented brand of moody guitar rock earned favorable comparisons to the Cure, the Church, and similar '80s purveyors of crepuscular atmospherics. Singer and guitarist Augustine, bassist Tony Malzone, keyboardist Stephen Vasko, and drummer James "Buddy" Righteous signed with the small New York indie No. 6 Records, distributed by Rough Trade, and released An Early Fall in late 1990. Despite several fine tracks, including a near-ambient recasting of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," the album did little. Aside from a single track on the 1991 goth rock compilation Dr. Death's, Vol. 4: the Marvels of Insect Life on C'Est la Mort, the band never recorded again and its members apparently left the music business.