The latest effort from Small Sur, Tones, is a somber album, perfect for a long car ride or boat-cruise. A follow-up to their July 2010 EP, Bare Black, Small Sur – comprised of Baltimore natives Bob Keal, Austin Stahl and Andy Abelow – create a relaxing and magical album that carries smooth echoing vocals and guitar riffs.

Songs such as “The Sand,” “Three Haiku” and “South Dakota” add just the right touch of ambience and serenity to open one’s mind and let it drift away into a peaceful state of solitude and comfort.

Grade: B

Tones is currently available.