Let’s just get this out of the way right now,Â if you ever use the line “you’re the sugar to my tea”, you should be getting laid. Â Portland based singer/songwriter Shawn Lawson Freeman definitely knows this. Â And when you sing and play guitar in the fashion of Sting or Justin Nozuka, yet have a real depth to your style that comes off more like Neil Young or a happy-go-lucky Elliott Smith, you may have created a “winning” combination. Â And on Freeman’s latest project under the surfer friendly pseudonym, Beneath Wind and Waves, we find a master of simplicity moving in a direction that is both sea bound and earth friendly.
I can’t lie, there were was one deliberate reason I looked into Beneath Wind and Waves’s Non-etre. Â And that was Stephanie Schneiderman. Â The brilliant songstress (her album Rubber Teardrops is one of the finest examples of electro-folk created in this millennium) notably guest-stars three times on this album. Â But, once you get into the rhythm of the album, you are likely to not only forget Schneiderman’s influence (if you are as obsessed as I am), but find yourself surprised when you actually hear her sprout up on a few tracks.
Listening to Non-etre through it’s entirety is not only an experience worth a simple listen, it is an experience worth total exposure that features beautiful lines for getting lucky, losing love, losing life, and tearing apart demons that rest inside your weathered bones. Â Likely, the first descriptor is the most important, but you can have the chance to decide for yourself on this amazing debut album of Beneath Wind and Waves.
Overall, Non-etre is a gentle, heart warming expose of the gently humorous world we should be living in. Â Sure we all feel pain from time to time. Â But, it’s best not to revel in it for too long. Â Of course, the concept of pain and misery makes for a perfect fucking song, but sometimes we really need to be a little bit more like Lou Reed in the 80’s rather than Sigur Ros of the now. Â That is just a fact of life. Â Sometimes we have to say to hell with it, let’s get our dicks wet in the salt water of the earth, and see if he turn out alright. Â Most likely we will. Â And this is exactly the sort of positive yet negative vibe that Beneath Wind and Waves has created with amazing success.
Listen: “Transference” by Beneath Wind and Waves
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Listen: “Loop Me In” by Beneath Wind and Waves
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1. Â Transference
2. Â Loop Me In
3. Â To Be Special
4. Â Angry Love
5. Â I Am You
6. Â God Said
7. Â Persephone
8. Â Hold On Tight
9. Â The War Time Days
11. Counter Transference