Sea Wolf Unveils White Water, White Bloom

Wednesday July 29, 2009 - 57 months ago

An expansive collection of modern mythology and lush orchestration, Sea Wolf’s sophomore LP, White Water, White Bloom, will be released on September 22. Akin to Sea Wolf’s debut LP, Leaves in the River, the latest was penned solely by Alex Brown Church but was this time recorded with a full band, which expanded the sonic palette. These new compositions were injected with a raw, dynamic energy that the band developed through extensive touring together, and will be unveiled on a cross-country six-week tour beginning in September. The album can be pre-ordered here via Dangerbird starting today. Fans have the choice of a 180-gram vinyl package that comes with two vinyl-only bonus tracks and a digital download card or a standard CD digipak with fold-out poster. You can also download a bonus track from the new album, “Stanislaus,” here.

Upon completing his extensive touring cycle behind Leaves, lovestruck Church followed his muse to Montreal last fall and began to write his second album. Here, in a new and unfamiliar environment, he was flooded with inspiration and let his surroundings seep into his songwriting. “Being somewhere new, away from your home, you spend a lot of time observing and reflecting,” Church revealed, “And just the feeling of a new city can inspire new ideas, new places to explore in your music.”

Church headed to Omaha and enlisted the aid of producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk, M Ward) to help him capture his vision for the album in the studio. Alongside keyboardist Lisa Fendelander, bassist Ted Liscinski and drummer Joey Ficken, Church and Mogis crafted a rich foundation for the songs to sit upon.

White Water, White Bloom is set against the changing of seasons and unfolds like an epic poem over 10 tracks. Pulsing with evocations of nature at its most elemental, Church’s songs are filled with vivid imagery and a cinematic sense of movement. From the opening orchestral swell of “Wicked Blood,” to the driving rock of “O Maria!” and culminating with the dreamy folk farewell of “Winter’s Heir,” Sea Wolf deftly navigates a variety of musical waters, leaving a reel of striking imagery in their wake.

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