Aural Fixation: Sea Wolf – “Wicked Blood”

Alex Brown Church, otherwise known as the brains behind lovely indie pop outfit Sea Wolf, released one of my favorite albums of the past few years, 2007’s Leaves In The River. This September, Sea Wolf returns with White Water, White Bloom, a similarly baroque disc that was produced by Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes. You might remember my disdain for the Dodos‘ choice to work with Phil Ek, and how the resulting songs had Meric Long sounding more like James Mercer than was necessary (almost ironic since Ek produced Sea Wolf’s debut). While Church might sound a little more like Conor Oberst than he did on his debut, the strength of the music saves lead track “Wicked Blood” from being “Four Winds (Part 2).”

Alternately folky and orchestral, “Wicked Blood” acts as a counterpart to Leaves In The River‘s opening title track. The lilting, chorus-less tale of getting drunk and in love on Hallowe’en is contrasted here with a near-nautical story-song. That maritime feel might reoccur throughout the rest of the record, in which case I’m looking forward to hearing it even more.

Listen: Sea Wolf – “Wicked Blood” from White Water, White Bloom

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~ by E. on August 24, 2009.

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