Intimate jewel-box melodies give way to expansive, sweeping passages framing surrealist lyrics on the gorgeous new record, Stars and Dust from North Carolina’s orchestral-indie collective Songs of Water.
The result of intense collaboration by Elisa Rose Cox, Michael Pritchard, Greg Willette, Jon Kliegle, Luke Skaggs and Stephen Roach, Stars and Dust is a profound display of symmetry and a testimony to perseverance, having taken nearly three years to complete.
Composed at Threshing Floor Audio in Lincolnton, North Carolina, the songs on Stars and Dust were written and re-written as needed until they fully realized the band’s vision. Combing through hundreds of sketchbook compositions, the band tracked nearly eighteen songs for consideration. Like a sculptor who sets out to free the piece of art already extant within the marble before him, Roach and his compatriots were able to pull from this monumental work a refined, concise statement.
Much like the earthly element from which they draw their name, the music of Songs of Water ebbs and flows, pulsing with life, beauty and energy. Built on a solid foundation of sophisticated, instrumental prowess, the band paints with an expansive sonic palette ranging from the traditional guitar / drums / bass format to…
While their sound is reminiscent of Anathallo or Sufjan Stevens, Songs of Water is truly a one-of-a-kind band. Their music is ethereal yet energetic with hints of folk and bluegrass, which isn’t surprising, considering one of the band members is the son of Ricky Skaggs.
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