Sea Wolf: Old World Romance
Sea Wolf: Old World Romance- With the release of their new album, Old World Romance, Sea Wolf created the perfect soundtrack to fall. The songs on this album capture the exact feeling of watching the leaves fall, the feeling of endings and beginnings, and the ever-present passage of time. Lead by Alex Brown Church, Lisa Fendelander on keyboards, Theodore Liscinski on bass, Joey Ficken on drums, Nathan Anderson on guitar, and Joyce Lee on cello, are Sea Wolf. Founded in Los Angeles, their indie-folk roots can be heard throughout Old World Romance.
Beginning with an undeniable drum beat, Old World Romance launches into the seamless exploration that will kick you right out of the seasonal affective disorder funk that you have been stuck in since the end of summer. Providing an escape from the rut that the cyclical nature of the seasons often brings, Old World Romance is the combination of sullenness and pleasantry. They even have a song entitled ‘Changing Seasons,’ providing the perfect culmination of the album: “I feel the darkness at my back that’s why I’m always rearranging and looking forward to the seasons changing…and I’m still looking forward.” And this theme is heard throughout the album. ‘Priscilla,’ my personal favorite, sums it up perfectly: “I believe in spring time I believe in dead leaves in the wind and I know that endings are the best place to begin.”
Along with the changing seasons, Old World Romance longs for what exactly what its title describes. The songs have a nostalgic feeling about them that makes you believe in romanticism again. The listener can get lost in the lyrics, just as the singer gets lost in the romance of it all, we are all just looking for an excuse to believe in romance again: ‘Dear Fellow Traveller,’ “it wasn’t difficult to pull me from myself again.” And ‘Miracle Cure’ so honestly and poignantly drives this point: “if I could repay you for coming to save me I will, if I could be who you want me to be I will.”
This is the perfect album to listen to on a dreary day or any time you need a ray of hope in the world…9.1/10