Sean Pawling Announces Single, "San Simeon"
The new single, “San Simeon”, from California artist Sean Pawling, bends and flickers like rays of color turning over on themselves in a psychedelic kaleidoscope. Light, breezy vocals blend with the deep, walloping bass to invoke a vibrant dream-like state. In this dream, sounds take shape and dance about, creating a harmonious musical mandala. The single is off of the upcoming album, Sunsinking, due out January 26 on R-Team Duo Recordings.
The ghostly quality of “San Simeon” takes the listener on an eerie tour through an abandoned, rocky California coast. Above, the golden sun sets behind a purple mountain skyline. Below, shadows of the town form distorted shapes on the orange sand. The combination of light and dark, both visually and musically, is the balance needed for the story to fully come to life. Pounding drums thump like a beating heart, jumping as the song turns each haunting corner, while vocals “ooh” and “ahh” like a ghostly figure tempting the listener to follow. According to Pawling, the song paints a picture of a party of ghosts along the desolate Central California Coast. Vivid imagery, crunchy synthesizer, and delicate falsetto make this dream a reality.
Much like the album title implies, Sunsinking ricochets lightness into the dark, and everywhere in between. Pawling says, “I’m proud that the multiplicity and diversity of California are represented in my music--from the acoustic sounds reminiscent of the woods and mountains to the gritty synthesized sounds of the city to the brass parts evocative of mariachi and classical music.” The album has many cyclical themes, one being the title itself, Sunsinking, which represents the constant rotation and movement from day to night. The familiar cycle of the earth turning over the sun to create the constant transition from light to dark on the world is represented musically on the album. Songs like, the previously released “100 Lives”, “Rio Grande” and “San Simeon” use poppy synthesizers and vocal effects to create a more blissful, lustering sound, while “Overture”, “Last In Line”, “Heavy Eyes”, and “Sunsinking”, ”use more natural, earthy sounds to evoke moods mired in mystery. The cyclical process of life and loss is also woven into the album. Within those themes of death and rebirth, Pawling mirrors the nature of humanity with nature itself.
Sunsinking Track Listing
- Rio Grande
- 100 Lives
- Last in Line
- Carpenter Brass
- Type A Tango
- Heavy Eyes
- San Simeon
- Minocqua, WI
- Wait for the Silence
- Let’s Get to the Point
About Sean Pawling:
Sean Pawling is a multi-instrumentalist from South Lake Tahoe who has lived in Los Angeles for the past 15 years. Pawling has been a musician since childhood and studied trombone at the University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California, and The Colburn School. He has performed as a trombonist at The Greek Theatre, Disney Concert Hall, Royce Hall, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and New York’s Lincoln Center. His first EP, Inner Child, was released in 2011, and his first LP, Eye for an Eiger, in 2014. The new album, Sunsinking, is out in January 2019 and being released on R-Team Duo Recordings.
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