Deep Sea Diver is a Seattle-based quartet comprised of lead singer, Jessica Dobson (who has worked with The Shins, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Connor Oberst and Beck), Peter Mansen, John Raines and Michael Duggan.
Back when I was growing up, Seattle was obviously considered Mecca for all things rock. Well, it seems as though Seattle is having a bit of a resurgence – either that or my inbox is – as I’ve been receiving loads of press releases from Seattle & Portland-based bands in 2012. If last year was all about the LA music scene, this year it’s all about the Pacific Northwest. Whereas the 90s were all about grunge and alternative rock, Seattle in 2012 is filled with piano driven rock, a la Deep Sea Diver.
It’s pretty rare these days that something really grabs me at first listen the way that Deep Sea Diver’s latest album, History Speaks, has. My close friends know that I’m a massive PJ Harvey fan, and Jessica’s vocals (not her music) remind me of a prettier, more melodic version of PJ’s – or even Siouxsie Sioux’s. Like PJ, Jessica has a remarkable ability to tell stories not just lyrically, but vocally as well. The music is rich with emotion and conjures up images of drinking whiskey at the bar of a 1950s saloon while Jessica performs with nothing else but a piano and that incredible voice of hers.
This very well could be my album of the year, come December. Absolutely incredible stuff all around.
Very difficult to pick a favorite, but have a listen to two of my favorite songs, “Keep It Moving” and “Ship” below. If you like what you hear, head on over to their Bandcamp page to listen to the rest of the album. But, please, do me a favor and give each song a chance before skipping to the next one – some of these songs are slow burners. Enjoy!
*Deep Sea Diver’s debut album, History Speaks, is out now and self-released. Buy it. Now.
Deep Sea Diver “Keep It Moving”
Deep Sea Diver “Ship”