“Alpine Seas” is the debut album from Okkervil River alum, Brian S. Cassidy.
There are dominant music scales of intimacy as soon as you press play. A breezy nature-wise organic sound takes hold of your heart, deeply caressing the progressions of each song as the trip continues, somewhere to last forever. Either Brian is lowering his tone, or striking to hit your senses most wide awake, this warm-full journey into the unknown is charismatic and playful, somehow gathering all the feelings of the wild or tamer mortality. It’s up to the listener to excavate each soundscape, yearning to reach the adventurous clouds that fly over hotsprings of lyrical liberation. If your a fan of Shearwater, Iron and Wine or Bon Iver, get ready to open up new complexities of the endless emotions Brian has to offer with his solo debut.
Brian has contributed to Okkervil River’s last 7 recordings as an instrumentalist and/or as arranger of string and horn parts. Perhaps that’s why our bonding was such sudden through the headphones. Actually all music arrangements on the album (from mandolin to banjo and string arrangements to pedal steel) are a one mans job! Check out Cassidy’s craftsmanship here. Moreover, the entire album was recorded with the use of 2 sub-$100 microphones, a 2-channel audio interface, and an 8-year old computer. It’s not always about being powerful in the studio, but most of all knowing how to apply simple talented techniques of pure music making.
The closing track “If I Could Write a Song” has been called, “utterly, utterly charming,” and “The South” features overdubs of his 7-yr old daughter to make a “choir.”
Music is all about the journey, so when intentions are always crystal clear all you have to do is throw your soul into the abyss of it’s lagoon. You will find the record on bandcamp and it’s also out on Wren and Shark Records ( All proceeds go directly to the artist.)
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