The band first appeared in 2007, led by guitarist and Philadelphia native, Ben Daniels. ASDIG is made up of six members (Daniels, Josh Meakim, Annie Fredrickson, Jen Goma, Ryan Newmyer, and Adam Herndon), all of which are scattered across New York, Philadelphia, and Australia.
The dreamy, ambient sounds of Sea When Absent were created, impressively, despite the long distance: The entire band was never in the same place at the same time. The new album, perhaps their best yet, dances between genres, pulling you rapturously into each trance-like track. It’s reminiscent of a daydream, the perfect soundtrack for blissed-out, summertime afternoons.
Despite moving from Philadelphia to Australia in 2009, Daniels admits that living and growing in Philly has made a permanent impression on his work: “Whether I like it or not, Philly is all over everything I do for the rest of my life,” he told Pitchfork.
Sea When Absent is available for purchase here.