The story of Sea Wolf is a familiar one. Guy is in a band, guy leaves band, guy pursues solo outfit and succeeds beyond anyone's wildest dreams. OK maybe I am jumping the gun on the last part of that, but if my gut is right, Sea Wolf will follow this pattern. Born in California, Sea Wolf (Alex Church), lived an interesting life; one that had a direct influence on his music. After living everywhere from Alaska and Hawaii to France and the Continental US, Alex came back to California and helped found the sunny band Irving. In 2003 Alex's creative cauldron started to overflow and his new baby, Sea Wolf, was formed.
Produced by Phil Ek (The Shins, Modest Mouse, Built To Spill), Get To The River Before It Runs Too Low is already getting early praise from bloggers and people that went to his SXSW shows. It's easy to understand why upon listening to the opener, "You're A Wolf," a mysterious swirling track that invokes images of gypsies, dark forests and yes, wolves. On the other end of the spectrum is the gorgeous "The Garden That You Planted," a song that tugs at your heartstrings and is layered with cello, shuffling drums, electric guitar, acoustic guitar and Alex's sweet vocals.
On "I Made A Resolution" Alex proves that he is a songwriter that is capable of painting pictures with lyrics. I have to be honest, the first time I heard this track it instantly reminded me of something Bright Eyes would do, only *gasp* better. It tells the tragic story about a father that is in prison, a slain brother, lost love and coming to terms with life. "Ses Monuments" continues to highlight Sea Wolf's Americana vibe and the final song, "I Don't Know If I'll Be Back This Time" shows Alex's quiet elegance.
Unfortunately we have to wait until later this year for the full-length, but in the meantime you should get nice and snugly with this release. Sea Wolf is currently on tour with friends-come-label-mates Silversun Pickups, so be sure to arrive early enough to see Alex and Co. You can thank us later.