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[Vinyl Giveaway] The Loyal Seas are Tanya Donelly & Brian Sullivan

Posted on May 26, 2022 at 1:17 pm | No Comments

Last Friday gratefully brought us “Strange Mornings In The Garden”, the long-awaited and absolutely wonderful debut full-length from bi-coastal duo The Loyal Seas. Longtime friends & collaborators Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, Belly, Breeders, duh) & Brian Sullivan (Dylan in the Movies) teased us with a first taste back in December 2000, when CT-based label American Laundromat released a limited edition (and very quickly sold out) 7-inch that featured the LP’s eventual title track with b-side “Last Of The Great Machines“. Both can be found among the ten beautiful songs that make up the new record, and I’m fortunate enough to have a signed copy (including a digital download) to hand out to a random reader.
(* cat not included)

For a chance to snag it (if you’re a U.S. resident), just drop an email to giveaways [at] bradleysalmanac [dot] com with the subject line “Vinyl Seas” before midnight this coming Monday, May 30th. I’ll pick a random recipient Tuesday morning and reach out for your mailing address. UPDATE 5/31: Congrats to winner Jesse from LA!

  • The “Strange Mornings In The Garden” track list…

    1. (So Far From) Silverlake
    2. Strange Mornings In The Garden
    3. Early Light
    4. Driving With A Ghost
    5. Mary Magdalene In The Great Sky
    6. Come Around Again
    7. Milkweed
    8. Last Of The Great Machines
    9. You, Me, And The Sea
    10. Swimmers In The Gold

  • Order up your own copy over at ALR, where you can choose from a wide variety of formats (I went for the “Sunburst Splatter Vinyl”, and it looks so damn spiffy spinnin’ on my turntable).

  • Two details that make this record even better: It was pressed at the Burlington Record Plant (hometown represent!) and was distinctively designed by Nicole at Daykamp. Soundin’ good, lookin’ good.

  • Listen to the duo’s very first joint interview over on the How Did I Get Here? podcast, which marked the arrival of that 7-inch back in December, 2020. For more current pieces, check out last month’s interview with Erika Wolf over at Albumism, or a chat with Tanya on a recent episode of the Trading Fours podcast.

  • Some Loyal Seas audio & video action…

    (So Far from) Silverlake

    Swimmers In The Gold

    Strange Mornings In The Garden

  • The Loyal Seas will play two sold-out record release shows in the beloved Burren back room in Somerville on Saturday, June 25th. Beyond that? Fingers crossed for more. Update! They’ve added an August 6th show at City Winery Boston, and tickets are now on sale.

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