Shearwater The Dissolving Room

Format: CD
Label: Grey Flat
Price: $10.76
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Grey Flat Records Description: Featuring sparse, mostly acoustic instrumentation (lightly augmented by piano, violin, pedal steel, accordion, banjo, cello, and glockenspiel), Shearwater's The Dissolving Room at times evokes musical forebears like Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen as well as indie songwriters like Belle and Sebastian, Smog's Bill Callahan, and Elliot Smith. Shearwater began when after having only known each other for a week, Will Sheff from Okkervil River and Jonathan Meiburg from Kingfisher decided to make an album together. Starting out only with the idea that they wanted the album to be called "The Dissolving Room," the two began co-writing songs, often by batting ideas back and forth over e-mail and solidifying them in person at album rehearsals. They ended up liking the recordings of the songs so much they decided to make Shearwater a permanent, touring entity. Intended as a late-night album in the vein of Drake's Pink Moon, The Dissolving Room showcases the songwriting talents of both Sheff (whose work with Okkervil River has been compared by reviewers to Will Oldham, the Magnetic Fields, and Lee Hazlewood) and Meiburg (who, with his distinctive falsetto, echoes Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke) in terse, intimate songs about fall, hospitals, hummingbirds, and true crime.

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