“Here are 11 songs of a romantic, Southern country-soul bent, as economical and well-judged in arrangements and execution as they are in their lyrical content, which is both painfully poignant and utterly unsentimental. The Delines’ way with romance is all their own, and for 41 sweet, orchestral minutes, time is suspended as we watch with our ears.” Uncut – 8/10
Majestic… Boone’s smoky vocals fit the desperation of Vlautin’s mini–dramas perfectly, the band’s country–soul swing evocatively solid.” Q – 4 Stars ****
“Boone’s rich, Rickie Lee Jones–meets–Chrissie Hynde voice is the careworn bedrock upon which these bruised, dynamics–rich songs depend. There’s no mistaking it’s pedigree.” MOJO – 4 Stars ****
Acclaimed Portland country-soul group The Delines today release their new album ‘The Sea Drift‘ on Love Police Records & Tapes.
Following the success of The Delines‘ #1 Americana album ‘The Imperial’, the band returns with their cinematic third album inspired by the US Gulf Coast, penned by acclaimed novelist and songwriter, Willy Vlautin.
“The idea for the ‘The Sea Drift’ began with Amy and my mutual love of Tony Joe White. We used to have conversations about his records and she’d always joke, ‘Just write me Rainy Night in Georgia. Jesus, what a tall order, but I guess in my own way I started trying.” – Willy Vlautin, The Delines.
The Delines are the current outfit for acclaimed novelist and songwriter Willy Vlautin, who first came to prominence with his band Richmond Fontaine, and who has published six acclaimed novels, the most recent of which, The Night Comes In, was published by Faber & Faber in 2021. Love Police proudly toured The Delines in 2014 when they played the first Out On The Weekend Festival. Willy has also appeared at the Melbourne Writers Festival since then.
The album follows the release of three singles and videos – Little Earl, Past The Shadows and Kid Codeine – and has already been the subject of glowing major reviews in the UK, in publications including Uncut and Mojo.
The Delines are the result of the musical collaboration and friendship of Willy Vlautin and Amy Boone, an opportunity for Willy to continue writing the mini-narrative songs that he gained notoriety for as the former frontman of the alt-country group Richmond Fontaine through a new voice and perspective offered by Amy. In addition to being a songwriter, Willy is an acclaimed novelist. Two of his six novels, Lean On Pete and The Motel Life have been adapted into feature films, so it’s no wonder that his newest material has such a visually evocative and cinematic mood.
The cinematic feel showcased on ‘The Sea Drift’ is bolstered by the rich, warm instrumentation throughout the album. Cory Gray’s keyboard, string, and horn arrangements serve as a central musical core while being backed by soul bass supreme Freddy Trujillo and jazz drummer. On ‘The Sea Drift’, The Delines once again partnered with John Morgan Askew who produced their 2014 debut ‘Colfax’ which evoked a beat-up Dusty Springfield and a weary Rickie Lee Jones, making over a dozen top ten year-end lists. Askew again produced 2019’s The Imperial which spent two weeks topping the UK Official Americana charts and lead to two completely sold-out tours. ‘The Sea Drift’ picks up where both previous albums left off, further refining the country soul that the band has become known for.
‘The Sea Drift’ is the first new material recorded by The Delines since Amy Boone was in a horrific car accident in 2016 that hospitalized her for multiple years and delayed the completion of their 2019 album ‘The Imperial’ until Amy was able to stand on her own two feet again to finish recording the already mostly completed record. There was a period of time during Amy’s long recovery in which Willy was unsure Amy would want to continue on with the band after the immense physical and mental toll of her injuries, but Amy has a fighter’s spirit, and as soon as she could, she was ready to get back in the saddle and record another album with Willy. Speaking of her contributions to the album, Willy said “‘The Sea Drift’ sessions were also the first time since Amy had been injured that she felt strong and confident in the studio, and you can really hear it on this record. There’s strength to her voice, the strength of someone who’s overcome a lot of trauma and pain.”
Initial orders include a bonus cassette of the bands unreleased, previous album ‘The Imperial’. While Stocks last! Order HERE.
You can listen to ‘The Sea Drift’ now on all streaming services.
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With thanks to Dave Laing Publicity