Secrets of the Sea
(October 14th – Talking House Records)
“Lots of bands
mix electronic and acoustic instruments, but few pull it off with the
grace—or even the shimmering melodies—exhibited by this San
Francisco group fronted by Kylee Swenson.”
soars like Sarah McLachlan, but her lyrics cut like Cat Power.” —URB
Loquat - Secrets of The Sea (10/14/08)
San Francisco band Loquat will release
their new album, Secrets of the Sea, October 14th
on Talking House Records. Secrets of the Sea is the
second full-length album from the organic-meets-electric Bay Area quintet and
their first on the SF label imprint.
Secrets of the Sea was created against
the backdrop of two years of turbulence in the band’s life. As each wave
crashed on the shore and retreated back to sea, the album began to take shape.
“It was a time of real push and pull in our lives,” explains lead
singer/guitarist, Kylee Swenson. “Births, deaths, and a lot of intense
things happened while we were recording this album.” One such
life-changing event was Swenson’s wedding to bassist Anthony Gordon.
“Sometimes I‘d hear Kylee singing some harsh lyrics and wonder,
‘Hey, wait a minute; this is about me!’” Gordon admits.
“Although, part of the charm of her songs is that it’s easy for
anyone to hear messages and think that they’re meant for them.”
But resist the urge to label the Secrets of the Sea a
“relationship” album. While many of the 11 tracks could detail
tumultuous relationships, the prevailing theme on the disc is the anxiety one
feels during times of uncertainty.
Kylee and Anthony along with Christopher
Lautz (drums/vocals), Earl Otsuka (guitar) and Ryan Manley (keyboards) worked
with producers the Rondo Brothers (Dan the Automator, Prince Paul) to infuse Secrets
of the Sea with a dreamy, sun-kissed vibe. Justin Lieberman (New
Order, The Matches) and Bernie Grundman (Michael Jackson, Prince) were brought
in for mixing and mastering, respectively. Their contributions and a
soon-to-be-released remix provided by Zion-I’s Amplive give Secrets
of the Sea a romantic yet restless, plaintive yet aggressive tone,
a la the Cardigans, The Sundays or Travis.
For more from Loquat visit www.loquatmusic.com or www.myspace.com/loquat.
Track listing as follows:
1. Harder Hit
2. Who Can Even Remember?
3. Sit Sideways
4. Big Key, Little Door
5. Comedown’s Worse
6. These Kinds of Friends
7. Go Hibernate
8. Clearly Now...
9. In My Sleep
10. Shaky Like the Flu11. Spiral Stairs or Escalators