Peppering Arcade Fire worship with a dainty dollop of Elliott Smith appreciation, Sea Wolf's sophomore offering is a step forward for Alex Brown Church's baroque pop-rock quartet, though the band has yet to outrun the shadow of its influences. There's a pleasing consistency on White Water, White Bloom, though this music is quite dreary for an L.A. band. Are we sure they're not from further up the coast?

Peppering Arcade Fire worship with a dainty dollop of Elliott Smith appreciation, Sea Wolf's sophomore offering is a step forward for Alex Brown Church's baroque pop-rock quartet, though the band has yet to outrun the shadow of its influences. There's a pleasing consistency on White Water, White Bloom, though this music is quite dreary for an L.A. band. Are we sure they're not from further up the coast?