Monday, June 16, 2014
Listen: Sea Wolf: "Young Bodies"
It's happened to everyone - you hear that one song from a band that's so right, so perfect in your eyes that you wish the band would make more music exactly like that or that at the very least that the song was a tiny bit longer. That's how I felt about Blind Pilot's "Oviedo" and what original drew me to Sea Wolf's "Young Bodies", from his upcoming Song Spells No. 1: Cedarsmoke is how alike in sound it was. I wasn't craving a exact replica of "Oviedo", I could just listen to "Oviedo" more if that were the case but what I responded to was the sheer simplicity of the track.
Alex Brown Church is stripped down, just him and a guitar and everything from the graceful strokes of his fingerstyle picking to the hushed tone of voice whispers delicacy - there's a gentleness that keeps the perpetual motion of the guitar melody from growing tired or boring, cradling Brown's stormy vocals that ache with regret. They're rich and emotive, tender yet reassuring in their resolute delivery.
Sea Wolf's Kickstarter funded album Song Spells, No. 1: Cedarsmoke will be out July 15th on a pay what you want basis. "Young Bodies" and it's instrumental lead in "Cedarsmoke" are however available now for free download here.