Stereogum “Gently pulsating”
Brooklyn Vegan “Anthemic, Bowie-esque.”
Flood Magazine “Frontman Jonathan Meiburg enlisted the help of percussionist and film composer Brian Reitzell, who worked with Sofia Coppola on The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, and The Bling Ring, and who brings to the band the same melancholic sense of melody that he brought to those films.”
On January 22nd, Shearwater will release 'Jet Plane and Oxbow', their new full-length studio album through Sub Pop
and Inertia. The album features the highlights “Quiet Americans”
and “Only Child”.
Listen to “Quiet Americans” here
This is definitely Shearwater’s biggest and loudest record—it’s easy to imagine these songs roaring from the stage—but it’s also their most detailed and intricate one. Front man
Jonathan Meiburg and producer/engineer Danny Reisch
spent two years crafting Jet Plane and Oxbow.
But their secret weapon this time is film composer and percussionist
Brian Reitzell, whose soundtracks include 'The Virgin Suicides', 'Lost in Translation', 'The Bling Ring', and '30 Days of Night'. Reitzell’s arsenal of strange instruments emphasizes 'Jet Plane and Oxbow’s' cinematic depth and scope, and reflects the band’s choice to anchor the record in the era when digital technology was just beginning to transform the world of recorded music. In Shearwater’s hands this doesn’t feel like nostalgia; the racing synths and hammered dulcimers of heart-pounding opener “Prime”
or the addled motorik of “Radio Silence” sound more like a metaphor for our own bewildering moment. 'Jet Plane and Oxbow' is available for digital pre-order
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