Seattle band Deep Sea Diver shares a new track, “Creatures of Comfort” feat. James Mercer of The Shins / Broken Bells on backing vocals, you can listen now via SPIN. The band has also announced extended tour dates including two shows in Alaska and appearances at the Treefort Music Fest and Sasquatch! (see full dates below).
“Wide awake, and I’m chasing after you” – exclaims a breathless Jessica Dobson, singer and multi-instrumentalist of Seattle’s Deep Sea Diver. The lyric is one that best encapsulates the front woman’s bravado and fearlessness which dominates Deep Sea Diver’s forthcoming sophomore LP, Secrets –Out February 19th on their own High Beam records. In their desire to explore dualities, Deep Sea Diver urgently and deliberately move you from rock experimentation to dreamy soundscapes, Kraut-esque drum and bass grooves to angular danci-ness, and full fledged orchestration to bare bones simplicity. Dobson has the voice and authority to tie it all together, and turn it into a cohesive unit that soars yet remains beautifully delicate and intimate. Live, the band has received acclaim for their festival-ready power and presence, Jessica’s larger than life guitar hooks, and their cascading layers that build upon each other until they reach their explosive peak.
In late 2013, Dobson put in her notice to former Shins boss, James Mercer, in order to give full attention to her own musical vision. Mercer agreed, saying “I’ll miss you, but I give you my full support. You’ve gotta pursue Deep Sea Diver.” While much was gleaned from the experiences in her many years spent playing with top tier musical outfits (Beck, the Shins, Spoon, Yeah Yeah Yeahs,) something was brewing that demanded a sort of dedication and alertness that couldn’t be fully engaged while moonlighting as a side-woman for those greats. “Good thing too,” noted Stereogum, “because Jessica is an incredible front woman.”
02/20 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar *
03/15 – Spokane, WA – Bartlett Theater *
5/27-30 – George, WA – Sasquatch! Music Festival
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