Hear “Dog Named Bart” now, feat. contributions from John Vanderslice, Debbie Neigher, Magik*Magik Orchestra.
Tidelands (L-R): Gabriel Leis, Mie Araki. Photo credit: Elliot Jaramillo.
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Hear “Dog Named Bart” from the new Tidelands EP “Old Mill Park” via The Bay Bridged or the links below!
“Refreshing, stimulating, and likely to induce daydreaming. It doesn’t sound much like anything else.” – My Old Kentucky Blog
Bay area-based duo Tidelands, comprised of guitarist and vocalist Gabriel Leis and drummer Mie Araki, returns today with a new EP “Old Mill Park,” the follow-up to its 2012 sophomore full-length album We’ve Got A Map.
The release of the new EP is preceded by the single “Dog Named Bart,” which includes vocal contributions from John Vanderslice and frequent Tidelands collaborator Debbie Neigher. Suckers for handclaps will revel in the new single, which also features the fantastic drumming of Araki, the trumpet of John Freeman, and arrangements by Minna Choi of Magik*Magik Orchestra.
“I gotta give a shout out to JV for altering the phrasing and delivery of the vocals that we all sung together,” acknowledges Leis of Vanderslice’s essential contributions. Tidelands is a duo by circumstance instead of design. Teaming up amid the ashes of a previous band, the pair started using loops to fill out its sound.
“That created a sound of its own, and directed my songwriting for the first couple years of the band,” says Leis. “What I didn’t count on was becoming reliant on it.” There’s a fine line between a tool and a crutch, and the songs on “Old Mill Park” are responses to the band’s acknowledgement of this fact.
“I wanted to write and record songs that would stand on their own with just an acoustic guitar and my voice,” Leis explains. This time around, the basic guitar, upright bass, drum, and vocal tracks were all recorded live in the studio as full takes. Only later did the band “get all Tidelands” with the songs, building them up with strings (once again collaborating with the Magik*Magik Orchestra), keys, horns and harmonies to create the most realized and memorable Tidelands tunes to date.
“It’s an actual place in Mill Valley where I spent part of my childhood,” Leis goes on to say of the location deep in the California Redwoods that inspired the title of the EP. “It’s a magical place with a creek that runs down a small canyon to a classic three-tiered swimming hole, and then under the skeleton of the original old mill that the town was named for.”
“Old Mill Park,” the new EP by Tidelands, is out now. Gabriel Leis of Tidelands is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
“Old Mill Park” EP
(Redgummy Records – Out Now)
01. Old Mill Park
03. Four Strings and a Wooden Box
04. Hole in the Ceiling
05. Brown Eyes
06. Low Roller
Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion