Portland-based trio Greylag is proud to officially announce signing to Dead Oceans for the release of their self-titled debut album (out October 14th, 2014). Today, they also share the first single off Greylag, Another:
Meet Andrew Stonestreet (lead vocal, acoustic guitar, originally from West Virginia), Daniel Dixon (lead guitar and other stringed things, keyboards, from Northern California) and Brady Swan (drums, from Texas). The venerated Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Modest Mouse, The Shins) produced the album at Seattles Avast! Studio, who clearly knows a sublime enterprising combination of roots and rock music when he hears it.
The name Greylag looks and sounds strong but has developed more meaning for the band – Its a wild goose, from which all domestic geese originate, so its the first survivor, and its still wild, and doing things its own way – the lag part refers to it being the last bird to migrate. It sits back and watches.
The members of Greylag have all undertaken amazing journeys, migrating as if by homing instinct from different parts of the US, to create a self-titled debut album thats the latest must-have slice of verdant, far-reaching Americana. The album speaks of individuals who have travelled, emotionally and physically, and put everything into this shared venture.
The album artwork is the final touch. It resembles an old hardbound book, with the name pressed into the surface and a symbol above it, roughed up on edges, like something youd find in a grandfathers attic, something a little dark and strange and mysterious. It feels modern but its inspired by something from an earlier era.
Greylag, then: a journey, a quest, a sublime new band and debut album. All indeed is not lost, but found.
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