Release Date: Sep 22, 2009
Record label: Dangerbird
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Pop, Alternative
Sea Wolf emerged in 2007 as a tuneful alternative to Bright Eyes, with both bands championing a mix of tremulous vocals and sharp, Americana-styled songwriting. White Water, White Bloom doesn't do much to dispel those similarities, but it does widen the band's sound, with bandleader Alex Church carefully splitting his time between the organic and the orchestral. Church wrote the entire album alone, yet all ten tracks feature contributions from an army of musicians, including several members of Sea Wolf's touring lineup.
There is no lack of atmospheric indie-rock floating around that’s being touted on blogs these days. This could be the result of a shift in the listening preferences of hipsters, or it could be that atmospheric indie-rock has benefited from the competition and now, only the strong survive. We can thank acts like Arcade Fire and Iron & Wine for being the harbingers of atmospheric rock, but things don’t stop there.
L. A. -based pop-rockers Sea Wolf snagged a spot on the soundtrack for the newest Twilight film, New Moon, and while the band's inclusion certainly didn't cause as much of a stir as that of, say, Thom Yorke or Grizzly Bear, appearing on the chart-topping compilation may prove to be a bigger boon to this group's career than to any of the other acts that participated.