Sea Stars – The Unknown
Fans of The Swell Season, Mazzy Star, and even Trinity Sessions-era Cowboy Junkies now have a local band to get behind in Sea Stars. The duo, comprised of Katie Gray and Kurt Baumann, have gathered all the ethereal ambiance they can muster into their new, nine-song release, The Unknown. To put it simply: If Ojai could be compressed into sound, it would probably sound like Sea Stars — one part mystic, one part hipster, one part nature lover. And while the musical landscapes crafted by Sea Stars are thoroughly mesmerizing, the songs themselves never suffer from a lack of attention to detail either. Sure, The Unknown makes for great background music, but a close listen also won’t disappoint as the combination of Gray and Baumann, both solo artists in their own rights, is something magical to behold… not unlike the Pink Moment.