White Water, White Bloom

White Water, White Bloom

by Sea Wolf


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White Water, White Bloom

Sea Wolf emerged in 2007 as a tuneful alternative to Bright Eyes, with both bands championing a mix of tremulous vocals and sharp, Americana-styled songwriting. White Water, White Bloom doesn't do much to dispel those similarities, but it does widen the band's sound, with bandleader Alex Church carefully splitting his time between the organic and the orchestral. Church wrote the entire album alone, yet all ten tracks feature contributions from an army of musicians, including several members of Sea Wolf's touring lineup. With producer Mike Mogis (one of the chief architects of Bright Eyes' sound) behind the boards, White Water evokes a lush, chamber-country ambiance, sounding intimate one minute and grandly expansive the next. At the center of everything is Church's attention to melody, which shines as brightly on the album's sparsest songs -- "Orion & Dog," "The Orchard," "Winter's Heir" -- as on the more bombastic numbers. Even so, it's the fully orchestrated material that makes the biggest impact. Church and Mogis lace their autumnal anthems with strings, organs, woodwinds, and clash cymbals, creating mini-symphonies that leave their mark but rarely overstay their welcome. The resulting tunes are lush, but few are truly dense, and White Water's biggest asset is its ability to wield such a large sound without replacing the woodsy, cozy feel of Church's solo performances.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/22/2009
Label: Dangerbird
UPC: 0842803003020
catalogNumber: 39
Rank: 273313

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sea Wolf   Primary Artist
Judy Divis   Viola
Mike Mogis   Mandolin,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Celeste,Electric Guitar,Vibes,Hammered Dulcimer,Wurlitzer,Marxophone,Synthesizer Drums
Ted Liscinski   Bass,Synthesizer Bass
Alex Church   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Celeste,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Pump Organ
Jason Boesel   Maracas,Tambourine
Joey Ficken   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Lisa Fendelander   Organ,Piano,Hammond Organ,Tack Piano
Alex Brown Church   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Celeste,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Pump Organ
Anne Nagosky   Violin
Frank Seligman   Violin
Leslie Fagan   Flute
Paul Ledwon   Cello
Joy Trimmell   Cello
Anne Nagosky   Violin
Joey Ficken   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Charlie Roberts   Artwork
Mike Mogis   Producer,Engineer
Alex Church   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Flute Arrangement
Alex Brown Church   Composer,Producer

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