Oakland based husband and wife folk duo The Saxophones turned grief into song on their If You're on the Water EP. Alexi Erenkov (vocals, guitar, woodwinds) and Alison Alderdice (percussion, vocals) tell the stories of a boating accident, a break-up and a suicide.
The dark themes are captured in three slow songs, with sparse arrangements that are actually quite complex. The wounds are still fresh, but there is a glimmer of hope shining through the bleakness, especially in New Tradition (watch an intimate live video to see for yourself).
Richard Laws lended a hand on bass and synths. Recommended if you like I am Oak and The Low Anthem.
If You're on the Water is a self-released EP. Release date: July 19th.Tracks:
- If You're on the Water
- New Tradition
- Best Boy
- 07/22 San Francisco, CA @ The Lost Church
(EP Release Show w/ California Diamonds)