I am an old-school Jack Johnson listener, meaning I mainly listen to Brushfire Fairytales and On and On. The kids record and Sleep through the static not so much.
To the Sea feels like the direction is more with the old stuff, however, with a more refined instrumentation. There is an ever present piano/keyboard in the rhythm section and you’ll hear electric guitar solos. Song structures and melodies remind me of the early stuff though. I like this combination and enjoy listening to the record.