:: Sea Oleena - If I’m ::
Times goes by pretty quickly, doesn’t it? When Lefse Records shared the first single from Sea Oleena’s Shallow, her followup to Sleeplessness, I checked her bandcamp page to see how long it’s been since she last released a record. The fact that it’s been over 3 years caught me by surprise, especially considering that she had released Sleeplessness the year after her self-titled. Even despite this gap, listening to If I’m just proves that this wait was worth it.
If I’m features all of the key features of previous Sea Oleena songs, simple, yet effective pianos, Charlotte’s angelic vocals, and a strong sense of ambience. The key difference here is that everything feels pushed further than any of her previous work. Of course the shift in production helps this point, but even in terms of instrumentation things feel more fleshed out here. Charlotte’s ear for crafting beautiful textures feels heightened, which honestly didn’t even feel possible before. The addition of strings on this new song pushes Charlotte’s songwriting into new territory, providing rich and lush textures to an already beautifully structured track. Her effects choices prove useful as her vocals shift from full and upfront to sort of distant and filtered. The more typical effects are found on this track too, like delays and reverb, but Charlotte’s execution of these effects is flawless.
The second half of this track drops off into ambient territory and the transition is seamless. The way the track pulses and then flows freely into a combination of delayed guitars and strings is extremely smooth and feels like a natural progression for the song. Pair this with gorgeous harmonies and layered vocals and If I’m really proves itself to be something special.
Shallow is set to be released on September 30th through Lefse Records, making this Sea Oleena’s first vinyl release. Grab a preorder of the record here.