Song of the Day: The Sea of Cortez - The Shores

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Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “The Shores” by The Sea of Cortez from their forthcoming self-released EP (in 2010) and album, Make It Sound, in 2011.

The Sea of Cortez - The Shores (MP3)

Formed in San Diego, The Sea of Cortez began to gain attention after their song “Mystified” was featured in a Billabong surfing video. They released an EP in 2007, and a year later decided to move to Los Angeles to build their own studio and begin recording a full-length album. The resulting 13-song LP, Make It Sound, was mixed by Jay Pellicci in San Francisco and is scheduled to be released this year. Already released, however, is the album’s single and today’s Song of the Day, “The Shores.”

“The Shores” is an exploratory 6:09 song that sees the band change pace multiple times, their emotions seemingly tossed about by the whims of the sea. It starts slow and simple with a low frequency that starts to percolate with instrumental inklings before giving way to lead man Christian Thomas singing “Testing the waters from the shore” as more traditional drum and bass lines start to surface. The song then accelerates significantly, the pace quickening and Thomas’ voice turning from longing and passive to more spirited and optimistic. This wave of energy quickly subsides and the song slowly washes in with nothing but simple acoustic guitar and Thomas singing “Floating out here, floating out here on my own” over and over again like the tide repeatedly washing over the sand. The song ends with a one line resolution being deposited on the shore: “I’ll keep on drifting, making my way to the shore.”

The Sea of Cortez only have two LA-area shows listed on their MySpace page. Once Make It Sound is released hopefully they’ll put together a tour of at least the West Coast. In the meantime, head over to their website for more information and future updates, and to “tide” you over, here’s the teaser for the surf DVD featuring “Mystified”:

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