Joseph Sant’s Sea White Salt

By Stephen Chow

Joseph Sant is in a mood. A languid dream pop mood. His record Sea White Salt has a spellbinding effect that will lull and lure you into a new state of mind. There’s also an important theme behind the tracks on the EP. Sant, a Seattle transplant to New York, was influenced by the Eastern seaboard and the imminent threat of climate change.

joseph-santA haunting homage to a fragile coast, Sea White Salt’s undercurrent roils with raw emotion. Sant is not preaching to you so it’s completely fine to have enjoy Sea White Salt, no matter how your feel about beaches. But if your’e into both climate change and excellent music, this is probably the record you want to gift to a friend or usurp for yourself. Or both!

“Nor’easter” is probably my favorite track on the EP. It’s one of those indie pop anthems that you’d expect to surface and emote in a Wes Anderson film. Or one of the Coppola kids’ projects. That’s not a dig. This is the soundtrack to my generation. Even if Amy Poehler or Tina Fey might describe the dream pop / indie rock genre as a bicycle made of vintage tuba parts, I don’t give a shit. I embrace and love it.

And how does one accomplish that infectious sound? Sant has certainly drawn some talented collaborators to make it all happen. You can feel that connection between both the live and studio collective. One of the essentials of longevity as an artist. Sant can stay as long as he wants.

Joseph Sant – songwriter, vocals, guitars, bass, percussion
Stirling Krusing – lap steel, guitars, harmonica
Gabriel Galvin – guitars, keyboards, drums, percussion
Tyler Graham – drums

The band of live and collaborators performers includes:

Joseph Sant – vocals, guitar
Gabriel Galvin – guitar
Stirling Krusing – lap steel
Georgia Tan – bass
Tyler Graham – drums

Produced by Gabriel Galvin
Recorded and mixed by Gabriel Galvin at Four Foot Studios, Brooklyn
Mastered by Randy Merrill of Sterling Sound

Sea White Salt Tracklisting:

1. Horse at the Beach
2. Sea White Salt
3. Nor’easter
4. Only the Shock