Ohio-based indie pop quartet Lab Partners last released a full-length of original tunes in 2010 (“Moonlight Mile”), making us wait four long years for the follow-up. After several spins of “Seven Seas,” I can assure you that it was worth the wait. The dreamy melodies wash over you throughout a 10-track record that soothes but never bores.
Stellar opening tandem “Because of You/Because of Me” and “Simple Machine” set the stage for what’s to come, and Lab Partners serve up additional keepers in “Do You Feel Life,” “Basket Case,” “Mothman Night Terrors” and the sprawling set-closing title track. Welcome back. (Jeffrey Sisk)