We are the West (from the album The Golden Shore)
The setting is as important as the song for We are the West. Their recent release, The Golden Shore, is the Los Angeles, California-based band’s first full length release, the trio curating a sound, molding notes and chords from an array of instruments, gaining a name performing a monthly full-moon concerts series in an underground parking garage. We are the West transform the rigid concrete structure into a performance space, welcoming opening guests from chamber music to avant-garde sound experiments. The ability to provide a unique live music event translates sonically onto The Golden Shore. The tunes of We are the West spend time California dreaming over gentle west coast Canyon Country with “Tonight’s Tonight”. The album struts on a strong backbeat for “Luck of the Sailor”, the sea coursing through The Golden Shore, pulled by a repetitive rhythmic undertow in “More Machine Than Man”. We are the West tell the sea stories of a wanderer on the soft acoustics of “Siren”, penning sunshine into a love letter with “For Me, For You”, and puffing up on a powerful bass thump to pledge fidelity on “Any Day of the Week”.
Beginning life as a duo playing on a sheep farm in Holland, We are the West set up shows, performing in an abandoned convent in Brooklyn, New York before heading to California. The Golden Shore was recorded in downtown Los Angeles, We are the West capturing the cuts live as a trio with longtime drummer Elizabeth Goodfellow (Iron and Wine). The power of three creates a sonic landscape with an in-house symphony that utilizes percussion, woodwinds, strings, brass, keyboards, and harmonies as We are the West glide over the melody in “From the Bower”, quietly pick notes over ghostly silent-movie pump organ notes for “The Watchers”, and float the title track on misty musical clouds to discover “The Golden Shore” beaming an inner light born of lush strings and heavenly harmonies.
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