Past the Whole Parade
Memory quotes the past, often incorrectly and not without a good measure of bias. Like the faded photographs that add a different color to the sky, or the scratched records that distort the original tune, we remember through images, sounds and smells, sensations often obscured through the familiar veil of nostalgia. Comprised of Seattle residents (and newly married couple) Caitlin Sherman and Jason Goessl, Slow Skate has made an album that reaches out and picks up pieces of the past, rearranges them and throws them back to where memories live, change and grow. Alternating between careful whispers and reckless growls, Sherman's voice is set in place among distorted delays, backed by both gentle acoustic and grainy electric arrangements.
'Past the Whole Parade' is an album that visits the early recollections, however distorted, of songwriter Caitlin Sherman. Opening track 'Acting Like a Kid' calls out to a childhood flame, amid tack piano and layers of voice, 'I'd really like to know how all your absent years have gone'. The album divides it's time between the stories of seaside California nights, palm trees and tract homes and the rural Northwest's forts and forests, two distinctly different places that were both home to Sherman.
With the help of new bandmates Brian Oppel on drums and Geoff Harper on bass, and behind the scenes wizards Beck Henderer-Pena and Robb Davidson, each song was lovingly transformed from solo piano (or ukulele) and voice to a fully arranged sea of sound. Layers of toy piano, autoharp, vintage keyboards, upright bass, brushed junk drums and swooning guitar lines, and even a string quartet cameo, carefully represent the personality of every piece.
It is a record of earnest reminiscence, a musical noir. 'Past the Whole Parade' is Slow Skate's second full-length album, and is entirely self-released.
Official Release Date: Friday, September 18th