Friday, December 22nd, 2006
Red Sea Black Sea
Though recorded several months ago, the session that Shearwater recorded for Daytrotter is finally online. There’s four tracks from Palo Santo as well as one lovely new song that I want to say something about but which I must refrain from doing so for the time being.
Even though Jonathan Meiburg was “appalled” at the sound of his voice, which was a little worse for wear after their Fall tour. Listening to these tracks, it’s obvious he’s being far too hard on himself – the only evidence that anything’s amiss is a bit of a rasp and that he doesn’t quite reach for the high notes. But the whole band is in fine form and the songs sound stately, moody and marvelous, regardless.
There’s also an interview with the band about the relationship between Shearwater and Okkervil River, Jonathan’s interests in ornithology and Howard Draper’s first meeting with Joanna Newsom. Meiburg has just returned from one of the sojourns to the Falklands mentioned in the piece and promises big happenings with the band in 2007 (including an April tour with Xiu Xiu) and I for one can’t wait to find out what.