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Sean Pawling Releases Jan. 25 Album

Sunsinking, the new album from Los Angeles indie folk musician, Sean Pawling, bends like refractions of light shifting in and out of a sonic prism. Sean Pawling is a classically trained trombonist turned indie singer-songwriter whose music evokes the idyllic atmosphere of his hometown while flirting with the gritty sounds characteristic of the Los Angeles landscape. Powerful horn arrangements paired with unexpected melodies produce a layered, genre-defying panorama. Sunsinking is out January 25 on R-Team Duo Recordings.

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. 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 is one album with two halves. One half being a collection of songs that ooze warmth and vibrancy, feelings of the sun beaming intensely in the sky. The other half of songs emerge from the darkness, evoking deep serenity and moody mysticism. Songs like “100 Lives”, “Rio Grande”, and “San Simeon” represent daylight, using 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 as a clandestine, moonlit sky looms over the city.


Sunsinking Track Listing:

Track Listing:

  1. Overture
  2. Rio Grande
  3. 100 Lives
  4. Last in Line
  5. Carpenter Brass
  6. Type A Tango
  7. Heavy Eyes
  8. San Simeon
  9. Sunsinking
  10. Minocqua, WI
  11. Wait for the Silence
  12. 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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Paul Corsi

When he’s not playing a show or practicing with his band Go Tiger, Go! he can be found at one of Detroit’s best new restaurants or taking in the sights and sounds that the area has to offer. He loves running, coffee houses, playing with puppies, and the occasional vortex of video games.

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