Musician Joseph Sant, a Seattle native, is a living in Brooklyn, NY. said to “deals in lush, green, mountainous musical textures hewn out of his Pacific Northwest. He composes with angular shapes, the noise of subway brakes, off-kilter grids, and the encroaching sea”. Can’t top or argue with that description, for once.
His debut, ‘Sea White Salt’, is influenced by New York’s coasts, imperiled as they are by climate change, reshaped in an instant by catastrophic storms, and prey to wolfish markets. These songs explore the connections and analogies between forces of nature, impassable social barriers, and the gravity of all-consuming love and persistent dreams. something this band craft woth apparent ease, told it’s got something to do with DNA – of what I leave to your imaginations.
For Sea White Salt, Joseph collaborated with his good friend and producer Gabriel Galvin, erstwhile proprietor of Four Foot Studios in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They recorded Sea White Salt in a few overnight marathon sessions in the dead of winter, just before Four Foot Studios was evicted, casualty to the overheated real estate market synonymous with that neighborhood. Fellow Brooklyn artist Stirling Krusing plays lap steel on the album. Long-time collaborator Tyler Graham plays drums. These artists, together with bassist Georgia Tan, form the five-piece band that now plays under Joseph Sant’s moniker.
the 4-track EP, opens with gravatas, something when we’re talking Dreampop not the easiest description to reach, still unaware, ‘Horse At The Beach’ easier pace still holds attention all the same, something time proven in this case by Joseph Sant’s breathy vocals, simpler beats a amped up guitars, yes folk it’s ‘atmospheric’. The title track drifts leaving pleasing textures.
As debut EP’s go, a solid release, although not for everyone ‘Sea White Salt’ EP will still find resonance with many, deservedly so, 7.8/10
Hear track ‘Nor’ easter’