Sometimes it seems like you can’t go a week without bumping into a new record that draws inspiration, ideas, or sounds from the trippy folk of the late 60s and early 70s. On its surface The Sea (Rune Grammofon), the stunning debut album by Oslo’s Phaedra (aka Ingvild Langgård), certainly seems to qualify, but it only takes a bit of careful listening to realize that it carves out its own space. It’s not very often that I grope fruitlessly for a record’s possible musical antecedents, but The Sea has kept me guessing for months—and in my book, that’s high praise. I’ve posted a track after the jump; if you can hear any clear influences or points of comparison, I’d love to hear from you.