News for Shearwater

NEWS : FRI, FEB 16, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Loma’s Acclaimed, Self-titled Debut Is Out Today Everywhere

Oh happy day! Loma’s acclaimed, self-titled debut is out today everywhere on Sub Pop. Listen to the album now at Spotify / Apple Music / Bandcamp / YouTube then trade yr dollars for it here or in yr friendly neighborhood record store.

We also highly suggest you check out Loma’s interview on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” from earlier this week [link here].

Loma will begin it’s international tour in support of the album on April 6th, 2018. For a full list of dates please visit subpop.com/artists/loma/tours


What “The People” are saying about Loma:

“Together, they’ve produced eerie, mesmerizing soundscapes —an alluring tease at what they’re capable of.” — Cool Hunting

“Over whisking wind and a krautrock pulse infested by rattlesnakes, Cross and Meiburg dreamily intone a story about escaping from a sealed room. [‘Relay Runner’ is] truly lovely.” — Stereogum

“Immediately engrossing” — GoldFlakePaint

“Sounds like three musicians wildly in love.” — Monster Children

“A manifestation of brilliant musical minds in organic workspaces” — The Line of Best Fit

“‘Black Willow’ is a painting with darker contours than anything on [Cross Records’] Wabi-Sabi or Shearwaters’ most recent album Jet Plane and Oxbow, while retaining the depth and confidence of each.” — NPR Music

“the album’s tone and scale changes from track to track, but the variation feels earned along its ten songs, unified by a sense of careful crafting.” — Exclaim!



Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, JAN 24, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Loma Share New Single “Joy” From Their Self-Titled Debut + New US and UK Tour Dates Are On The Books

Loma, the new project comprised of Jonathan Meiburg, best known as the singer of Shearwater, and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, will release their self-titled debut album on February 16th via Sub Pop, with their first North American tour to follow. (dates are below.)

After presenting singles “Black Willow” and “Relay Runner,” Loma shares the first song the trio wrote and recorded together, “Joy,” a song about the giddy, terrifying experience of falling in love, especially against your better judgment. Of that initial session, Meiburg noted “There was something special about the combination of the three of us, and very different from either of our bands. But I think we were afraid to say so out loud, for fear of jinxing it. I remember the hairs on the back of my neck standing up when Emily hit that high, screaming note on the clarinet on ‘Joy’; it sounded like a human voice.” That sense of discovery, stoked by the album’s urgent and searching lyrical themes, is felt throughout the entirety of Loma and extends to the listener. 


[Photo Credit: Bryan C. Parker]

Loma Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Apr. 06 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
Apr. 08 - Los Angeles, CA - The Bootleg

Apr. 11 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill

Apr. 13 - Portland, OR - MS Studios

Apr. 14 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern

Apr. 17 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge

Apr. 19 - Taos, NM - Taos Mesa Brewing

Apr. 21 - Austin, TX - North Door
Apr. 26 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
Apr. 27 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
Apr. 28 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle Back Room
May 01 - Charlottesville, NC - The Southern
May 02 - Washington, DC - DC9
May 04 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
May 05 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
May 06 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
May 08 - Montreal, QC - L’Esco
May 09 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
May 10 - Detroit, MI - Deluxx Fluxx
May 11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
May 25 - Kortrijk, BE - De Kreun
May 26 - Amsterdam, NL - London Calling @ Paradiso
May 27 - Brussels, BE - Botanique
May 30 - Brighton, UK - The Hope
May 31  - London, UK - Lexington
Jun. 01 - Bristol, UK - Rough Trade
Jun. 03 - Manchester, UK - Gullivers
Jun. 04 - Leeds, UK - Headrow House
Jun. 05 - Glasgow, UK - Hug and Pint
Jun. 07 - Dublin, IR - Whelan’s (upstairs)
Jun. 08  - Liverpool, UK - Buyers Club



Loma is available for preorder from Sub Pop right hereNorth American preorders of the limited Loser edition from megamart.subpop.com will be available on clear vinyl with red and black swirlies (while supplies last). A new T-shirt design will also be available.



Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, JAN 10, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Loma Share Video For “Relay Runner” Off Their Self-Titled LP (out February 16) + Extended North American Tour Dates

“Together, they’ve produced eerie, mesmerizing soundscapes —an alluring tease at what they’re capable of.”— Cool Hunting

“Over whisking wind and a krautrock pulse infested by rattlesnakes, Cross and Meiburg dreamily intone a story about escaping from a sealed room. [‘Relay Runner’ is] truly lovely.” — Stereogum

“Immediately engrossing” – GoldFlakePaint

“Sounds like three musicians wildly in love.” – Monster Children

“A manifestation of brilliant musical minds in organic workspaces” – The Line of Best Fit

Loma, the new project comprised of Jonathan Meiburg, best known as the singer of Shearwater, and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, will release their self-titled debut album on February 16th via Sub Pop. The band just extended their first North American tour into May (find dates below).

A product of a joint pilgrimage around the globe by fellow touring musicians, Loma is a beautifully detailed and emotionally rich album “full of mystery and wonder” (NPR Music). After presenting the lead single, “Black Willow,” Loma now shared “Relay Runner” and have now followed up with the video, directed by Allison Beondé and Cross. 




As Cross describes it, “This song is about transitioning from one state to another… specifically from the feeling of being boxed in and trapped to the feeling of freedom and liberation. It is about the ongoing drive to attain that movement. I think of the ‘relay’ as the endless series of versions of yourself that each hand off to the next version of yourself. Beyond that, I wanted to express unbridled joy–for being alive, for moving my body, for being able to build myself a human dog agility course from supplies I bought at the Home Depot.”


In creating Loma, the trio convened in a house in the Texas hill country over a few months during a strangely charged time. When they began recording, Cross and Duszynski were a married couple, but their relationship ended during the sessions—an atmosphere Meiburg found both challenging and inspiring—and the isolated house became the album’s muse. Except for Cross’s translucent voice in the foreground, there were no assigned roles on the album; each member of the trio played every instrument as needed. This feeling of freedom let buried energies find expression. Cross wrung catharsis from Meiburg’s lyrics and melodies, while Duszynski immersed himself in the engineering and mixing.


Loma is available for preorder from Sub Pop right here. North American preorders of the limited Loser edition from megamart.subpop.com will be available on clear vinyl with red and black swirlies (while supplies last). A new T-shirt design will also be available.


Loma Tour Dates + Ticket Links

(new dates in bold)

Fri. Apr. 6 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

Sun. Apr. 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg


Wed. Apr. 11 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill


Fri. Apr. 13 - Portland, OR @ MS Studios


Sat. Apr. 14 - Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern


Tue. Apr. 17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge


Thu. April 19 - Taos, NM @ Taos Mesa Brewing


Sat. Apr. 21 - Austin, TX @ North Door

Thu. April 26 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl

Fri. April 27 - Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight

Sat. April 28 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room

Tue. May 1 - Charlottesville, NC @ The Southern

Wed. May 2 - Washington, DC @ DC9

Fri. May 4 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right

Sat. May 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

Sun. May 6 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott

Tue. May 8 - Montreal, QC @ L’Esco

Wed. May 9 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison

Thu. May 10 - Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx

Fri. May 11 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, DEC 12, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Listen: New Loma Track “Relay Runner” + West Coast/Southwest US Tour Dates Just Announced

Loma’s Self-Titled Debut Album Will Be Out February 16th via Sub Pop.

“’Black Willow’ is a painting with darker contours than anything on [Cross Record’s] Wabi-Sabi or Shearwater’s most recent album Jet Plane And Oxbow, while retaining the depth and confidence of each.” — NPR Music

“the group graces us with some beautifully mystical vibes in the form of the devastating, ASMR-inducing first single” — Gorilla vs. Bear

“’Black Willow’ is a sinewy and chilly track that feels expansive as Emily Cross and Meiburg’s vocals intertwine.” — Stereogum


[Photo Credit: Bryan C. Parker]

Loma, the new project comprised of Jonathan Meiburg, best known as the singer of Shearwater, and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, will release their self-titled debut album on February 16th via Sub Pop. A product of a joint pilgrimage around the globe by fellow touring musicians, it’s a beautifully detailed and emotionally rich album that reveals a band obsessed with songs as sound. 

After presenting the lead single, “Black Willow,” the trio now shares “Relay Runner.” As Meiburg describes it, “’Relay Runner’ was the happiest accident on the record. We discovered it when we wired up a tremolo pedal the wrong way, and got this funny, stuttering loop - and then we built a whole song around that sound. The last thing we did in the mix was erase the loop, which had gone from inspiring the song to ruining it! But it made sense that what was left underneath was a song about how to escape from a sealed room.”

In creating Loma, the trio convened in a house in the Texas hill country over a few months during a strangely charged time. When they began recording, Cross and Duszynski were a married couple, but their relationship ended during the sessions—an atmosphere Meiburg found both challenging and inspiring—and the isolated house became the album’s muse. Dogs wandered by the microphones; the sounds of birds and wind in junipers and live oaks hovered at the borders of the songs. A close listen to new single “Relay Runner” even reveals cicadas and frogs from a nearby stream. Except for Cross’s translucent voice in the foreground, there were no assigned roles on the album; each member of the trio played every instrument as needed. This feeling of freedom let buried energies find expression. Cross wrung catharsis from Meiburg’s lyrics and melodies, while Duszynski immersed himself in the engineering and mixing.

Loma Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Fri. Apr. 6 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

Sun. Apr. 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg

Wed. Apr. 11 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

Fri. Apr. 13 - Portland, OR @ MS Studios

Sat. Apr. 14 - Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern

Tue. Apr. 17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

Thu. April 19 - Taos, NM @ Taos Mesa Brewing

Sat. Apr. 21 - Austin, TX @ North Door



Loma is now available for preorder from Sub Pop and select independent retailers at smarturl.it/loma. North American preorders of the limited Loser edition will be available on clear vinyl with red and black swirlies (while supplies last). A new T-shirt design will also be available.

The time is now to follow Loma everywhere in the known universe, on subpop.com and also Instagram | Twitter | Facebook.



Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, NOV 15, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Loma - New Project By Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg and Cross Record - Announce Self-titled Debut Album, Out February 16, 2018 on Sub Pop

Watch Video For Lead Single, “Black Willow”

Loma, the new project comprised of Jonathan Meiburg, best known as the singer of Shearwater, and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, will release their self-titled debut album on February 16th via Sub Pop. A product of a joint pilgrimage around the globe by fellow touring musicians, it’s a beautifully detailed and emotionally rich album that reveals a band obsessed with songs as sound. Today, the trio presents the video for the album’s final song and lead single, Black Willow.”


[Photo Credit: Bryan C. Parker]

Meiburg, Duszynski and Cross became friends when Cross Record, on their first-ever tour, supported Shearwater throughout America and Europe in 2016. “I couldn’t believe all that sound was coming out of two people,” he says. “They were mesmerizing.”  In the van or at soundchecks, they shared their musical knowledge and love of nature and animals, and after an especially memorable show in Belgium, Meiburg approached Cross and Duszynski about working together. “I fell in love with their music,” he admits, “and I wanted to know how they did it.”

The trio convened in a house in the Texas hill country to see what would happen, and quickly realized an album was imminent. “There was something powerful about the combination of the three of us,” Meiburg says, “and very different from either of our bands. But I think we were afraid to say so out loud, for fear of jinxing it.” For the next few months, Loma met for two weeks at a time, shaping and revising new songs and casting others away.

It was also a strangely charged time. When the album began, Cross and Duszynski were a married couple, but their relationship ended during the sessions—an atmosphere Meiburg found both challenging and inspiring—and the isolated house became the album’s muse. Dogs wander by the microphones; the sounds of birds and wind in junipers and live oaks hover at the borders of the songs, and a close listen reveals cicadas and frogs from a nearby stream. Except for Cross’s translucent voice in the foreground, there were no assigned roles on the album; each member of the trio played every instrument as needed.

This feeling of freedom let buried energies find expression. Cross wrung catharsis from Meiburg’s lyrics and melodies, while Duszynski immersed himself in the sonic details of engineering and mixing. In the end, the record became a document of an urgent and ephemeral place and time, and the strength that comes with letting go of something precious. It closes, fittingly, with the subtly defiant marching anthem of “Black Willow,” in which Cross’s voice, backed by a hypnotic bass and drums, offers a lesson in survival. “When I walk,” she sings, “I carry a diamond blade.” She means it.

The time is now to follow Loma everywhere in the known universe, on subpop.com and also Instagram | Twitter | Facebook.


Loma is now available for preorder from Sub Pop and select independent retailers right here. North American preorders of the limited Loser edition will be available on clear vinyl with red and black swirlies (while supplies last), and a lovely new t-shirt design will also be available.

Loma
Tracklisting:

1. Who Is Speaking?
2. Dark Oscillations
3. Joy
4. I Don’t Want Children
5. Relay Runner
6. White Glass
7. Sundogs
8. Jornada
9. Shadow Relief
10. Black Willow


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, FEB 26, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Sub Pop and Alaska Airlines: Together At Last!

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From the altogether official press release, courtesy of our new friends at Alaska Airlines

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Twitter exchange sparks new in-flight partnership with Sub Pop Records

BY KEEGAN PROSSER for Alaska Airlines

Looking for something fresh and exciting to do during your next flight? Then Alaska has some good news for you. Beginning this month, the airline is partnering with Seattle’s Sub Pop Records to bring some of the label’s best music onboard – for free. 

Launched with Beach House’s latest album Thank Your Lucky Stars on February 1, the new program offers fliers the chance to listen to one complimentary featured Sub Pop title per month on Alaska Beyond Entertainment, Alaska’s direct-to-your-device inflight entertainment service, and two albums per quarter on the rentable tablets. 


“We didn’t have inflight entertainment on most of our flights until about a year and a half ago,” says David Scotland, manager of inflight entertainment and connectivity for the airline, adding that one of Alaska’s priorities is to ensure that customers aren’t receiving “plain vanilla anything” aboard its flights. “We have our own unique way of designing every experience of travel – from locally sourced food to space-enhancing seats and now music,” he continues, noting that the record label takes a similar approach in curating its artists. “And Sub Pop is a way for us to do that in the music and entertainment space.”


The partnership itself came about when a former Sub Pop employee was on an Alaska flight and tweeted to ask why the two companies weren’t working together. Soon after, the Twitter conversation turned into a real plan of action.

“There’s definitely a big appeal for doing something specifically with Alaska,” notes Chris Jacobs, General Manager of Sub Pop Records. “Because Sub Pop is so overtly and proudly associated with the region, and so is Alaska, it makes sense.” According to Jacobs, albums selected for the streaming and tablet platforms are based on timeliness and appeal to a variety of listeners, with March’s featured album set to be Shearwater’s latest release Jet Plane and Oxbow. “The music we put out can range pretty widely, from relatively accessible to relatively not,” Jacobs says of the label. “So we are trying to focus on bands at the more accessible end.”


In that spirit, Shearwater frontman Jonathan Meiberg sees the inflight entertainment platform as a great way to gain new fans. “My hope is that the record feels accessible and friendly on first listen but has enough depth and detail that you’ll want to play it again,” he explains of the project, which pairs dreamy indie rock with punchy ‘80s synths. “We spent many weeks laboring over the texture and colors of the sounds.” He also sees it as a great alternative for his music to be consumed. “I’m just glad for the chance to reach people who might never hear our music otherwise.”


And fellow Sub Pop artist Cullen Omori, whose solo debut New Misery will be featured on Alaska flights in April, shares the sentiment. “There’s no better audience,” says the former Smith Westerns vocalist, whose collection of genre-bending pop rock cuts hits stores March 18. “You have a captive audience that’s stuck on a plane for X amount of hours. And so, there’s no better time to pitch them some music to listen to.”


As Scotland points out, teaming up with local brands such as Sub Pop, the Seattle International Film Festival, fashion designer Luly Yang and Tom Douglas restaurants enables Alaska to deepen the relationship it’s built with core customers and provide them with a piece of home. “One of the things that our customers from the Seattle area tell us very often is that they feel like they’re already home when they get on the plane, and there’s a comfort there.” But it also leaves a lasting impression with customers who may be flying in the region for the first time. “There is something cool and unique about the PNW,” he continues. “We do march to the beat of our own drum. We’re not like the rest of the country. And being an airline, we get to introduce a lot of people to some of the best parts of the Pacific Northwest.”

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Guest Writer Keegan Prosser is a full-time pop culture junkie and part-time freelance music journalist who is based in Seattle and has contributed to Seattle Weekly and RollingStone.com. When she’s not writing about Justin Bieber for radio prep service ReelWorld.com, Keegan flies Alaska to cities with good food, great people and exceptional live music.

[Originally published February 26th on alaskaair.com]


Posted by Rachel White