In what may be the most random musical pairing ever, Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg (he of a beautiful baritone and love of birds) and Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart (he of emotional purging and general on-stage oddity) have decided to form a new band together called Blue Water White Death. Their self-titled debut album will be released October 12 through Graveface Records. While their band name may sound equally random, apparently it was taken from a 1971 documentary about a team of explorers on a quest to discover sharks in Australia’s Dangerous Reef. But what could their music possibly sound like? Before your brain explodes trying to figure it out on your own, a press release has been provided with an apt description:
On first listen Blue Water White Death may sound like a pair of reclusive eccentrics making music in a derelict mansion, perilously balancing beauty and horror with the absurd. Soon, it becomes apparent that there are three distinct modes at play — clean, even tones and the nonchalant picking of acoustic guitars that recall life on the open sea, notes and words paced like breaststrokes on the journey to the depths and finally, jarring mysterious noises meshed with vocals that echo the isolated, garbled quantities of the inside of a diver’s mask.
See what they did there? With the ocean metaphors being used to describe the music? Looks like someone took a creative writing class! In addition to Meiburg and Stewart, John Congleton (St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, The Roots) handled production for the album.
Blue Water White Death tracklisting:
01. This Is the Scrunchyface of My Dreams
02. Song for the Greater Jihad
03. Grunt Tube
04. Nerd Future
05. The End of Sex
06. Death for Christmas
08. Rendering the Juggalos