“In the past I’ve made recordings because I wanted to – but this is the first recording I made because I felt compelled to do it.” Into the Heart of the Sea is the personal journal of a life’s bottom dropping out. The thirteen songs are snapshots wrestling with death, loss, heaven, joy, faith, grief, and love, all buried within an opaque bed of post-surf, reverb-drenched cinematic sound that is at times as unsettling, paralyzing, and harrowing as it is candid, reflective, and a natural complement to a contemplative night drive.
Sonically the recordings place the listener in the midst of a massive ocean wave: breathtaking, powerful, menacing, unnerving, and ultimately richly rewarding. Aggressively stark guitars blend seamlessly into impossibly lush orchestrations while western pedal steel collides with urbane bass-heavy beats. Every song rises and falls like a storm-tossed wave as it tells each chapter of the journey.
“Thanks for listening to a brutally honest group of recordings. Hold fast to the very end. ‘Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea.’”
released January 20, 2012
Produced and Arranged by Allan Douglas
Mixed by Melissa Mattey
Mastered by Justin Bonnema at Mayfield Mastering
Cover painting and photography by Tiffany Dupree
Design and layout by Priscilla Medders
© 2011 Allan Douglas
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