TR3: The Sea Versus the Mountain
When he’s not performing as Dave Matthews’ shreddy electric counterpoint in Dave Matthews Band or his acoustic compatriot in their intertwined duo, Tim Reynolds nurtures his creative vision with his original group, TR3. The band’s history stretches back to the 1980s, and Reynolds crafted The Sea Versus the Mountain alongside his current bassist Mick Vaughn and percussionist Dan Martier. The album is the trio’s third studio release after the guitarist returned from a long TR3 lag, but also the first since 2014’s Like Some Kind of Alien Invasion . To make up for lost time, Reynolds describes The Sea Versus the Mountain as “deeper and different from anything TR3 has done in the past,” and you can feel that kinetic energy throughout the album. From the frenetic layers of “A Bone to Pick” to the smooth, jazzy acoustics of “I Wanna Get With You,” the band’s interplay and egalitarianism shines, with each member holding their own through complex, mostly instrumental arrangements. The hyperactive sounds of the mid-album “Galloping Sun Dogs” paints sonic pictures of its title characters without a single lyric being uttered. (It’s also worth mentioning that the title of “666 (I Have to Call My Boss)” alone is sure to inspire a T-shirt or two.) Overall, The Sea Versus the Mountain is a strong studio addition to Reynolds’ mostly live catalog, giving the guitarist the chance to explore the far corners of his imagination.