Seattle band Deep Sea Diver shares a full stream of its new album Secrets today via Consequence of Sound — along with a track-by-track commentary written by their musician friends including Ben Gibbard, Britt Daniel, James Mercer, Greg Saunier, Ben Von Wildenhaus, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Delicate Steve, Pure Bathing Culture, Brian Blade and Blake Mills. The band launches a North American tour tonight opening for Radiation City (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
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 *
5/20 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
5/27-30 – George, WA – Sasquatch! Music Festival