Alex Brown Church’s latest Sea Wolf offering, White Water, White Bloom, dropped last week. Like 2007’s Leaves in the River, the new album finds Alex lifting his nature-centered narratives with a steady acoustic guitar and orchestral rivers full of brooding cello lines and distant pianos. “Spirit Horse, spirit me away/ I had a vision by the riverside today” aren’t the only lines worth plucking. He seemingly embodies a man shivering in the thick of a snowfall, an element missing on Leaves.
Most of WWWB stems from an extended stay in Montreal, his girlfriend’s residence.
“It’s like winter there eight months out of the year,” he says. “I think isolation in a cold place works well for me.”
Church is Sea Wolf, but recently he welcomed drummer Joey Ficken, bassist Ted Liscinski (onetime member of Cincy band Moth during that band’s major label tenure) and keyboardist Lisa Fendelander to the permanent fold. Touring newbie Joyce Lee takes up the cello, while Nathan Anderson helms electric guitar, something he also handles for Indie Folk luminary M. Ward.
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