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THE DELINES ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM THE SEA DRIFT OUT FEBRUARY 11 and NEW SINGLE ‘LITTLE EARL’ OUT OCT 28

Following the runaway success of The Delines number 1 album ‘The Imperial, the band returns with their cinematic third album inspired by the US Gulf Coast, penned by acclaimed novelist and songwriter, Willy Vlautin. The album will be released on décor records with a full UK and EU tour.

[October 28th, 2021] Today, the Portland based country-soul group The Delines have announced their third studio album, The Sea Drift, will be released on February 11, 2022 via décor records.
The stunning first single and opening track of the album “Little Earl,” is out today (7” and digital) accompanied by a music video. “Little Earl” is the perfect introduction to the sights, sounds, and characters that populate the vivid world The Delines have conjured in The Sea Drift, their most cinematic, soulful and visual album yet. Written by songwriter and author Willy Vlautin, and performed by lead singer Amy Boone, “Little Earl'' is a tender and moving song that manages to blend soul, country and folk into a sound that feels warmly familiar yet totally unique. “Little Earl” is the first track from a collection of songs The Delines describe as “songs and stories found drifting up and down the Gulf Coast.” “‘Little Earl’ was one of the first tracks I brought to ‘The Sea Drift’ rehearsal sessions, and as it turns out the one that helped create the sound and feel of the entire record,” Vlautin writes. “It’s a soul/Tony Joe White inspired groove, and Cory Gray’s horn and string arrangements set the cinematic tone for two brothers who get in a shoplifting-gone-wrong incident at a mini-mart outside of Port Arthur, Texas. I love songs that just drop you in the middle of a scene and that’s what we tried to do here.”

The video for “Little Earl” was shot by videographer Jordan Mosser in and around the town of Galveston, Texas. The video is shot entirely through the windows of a car driving around Galveston as day turns to night, mirroring the narrative of the song as Little Earl and his brother who is “bleeding in the backseat” drive down the Gulf Coast, debating if they should go to a hospital to treat his wounds in the aftermath of their robbery gone wrong.

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THE SEA DRIFT TRACK LISTING 1. Little Earl 2. Kid Codeine 3. Drowning In Plain Sight 4. All Along The Ride 5. Lynnett’s Lament 6. Hold Me Slow 7. Surfers In Twilight 8. Past The Shadows 9. This Ain’t No Getaway 10. Saved From The Sea 11. The Gulf Drift Lament

More on The Delines + The Sea Drift: The Delines are the result of the musical collaboration and friendship of Willy Vlautin and Amy Boone, an opportunity for Willy to continue writing his mini-narrative songs that he gained notoriety for as the former frontman of the alt-country group Richmond Fontaine through a new voice and perspective offered by Amy. In addition to being a songwriter, Willy is an acclaimed novelist. Two of his six novels, Lean On Pete and The Motel Life have been adapted into feature films, so it’s no wonder that his newest material has such a visually evocative and cinematic mood. Describing Willy’s songwriting style, Amy writes “I think the songs on The Sea Drift have the kind of ‘realness’ that Tony Joe was after - romantic realism,” adds Amy. “When Willy would talk to me about his new batch of songs set on the Gulf Coast I remember thinking, ‘is he talking about The Delines' next record or is he writing a screenplay?’"

The cinematic feel showcased on The Sea Drift is bolstered by the rich, warm instrumentation throughout the album. Cory Gray’s keyboard, string, and horn arrangements serve as a central musical core while being backed by soul bass supreme Freddy Trujillo and jazz drummer Sean Oldham. On The Sea Drift. The Delines once again partnered with John Morgan Askew who produced their 2014 debut Colfax which evoked a beat-up Dusty Springfield and a weary Rickie Lee Jones, making over a dozen top ten year-end lists. Askew again produced 2019’s The Imperial which spent two weeks topping the UK Official Americana charts and lead to two completely sold-out tours. The Sea Drift picks up where both previous albums left off, further refining the country soul that the band has become known for.

The Sea Drift is the first new material recorded by The Delines since Amy Boone was in a horrific car accident in 2016 that hospitalized her for multiple years and delayed the completion of their 2019 album The Imperial until Amy was able to stand on her own two feet again to finish recording the already mostly completed record. There was a period of time during Amy’s long recovery in which Willy was unsure Amy would want to continue on with the band after the immense physical and mental toll of her injuries, but Amy has a fighter’s spirit, and as soon as she could, she was ready to get back in the saddle and record another album with Willy. Speaking of her contributions to the album, Willy said “‘The Sea Drift’ sessions were also the first time since Amy had been injured that she felt strong and confident in the studio, and you can really hear it on this record. There’s strength to her voice, the strength of someone who’s overcome a lot of trauma and pain.”

The music of The Delines is clearly rooted in the past, as Willy and Amy have bonded over their shared love of soul and country songwriters from the 60s like Tony Joe White and Bobbie Gentry, but what makes this album so special is how it manages to evoke these voices from eras gone by without ever sounding stayed or overly traditional. Speaking to the inspiration for this record, Willy said “The idea for the ‘The Sea Drift’ began with Amy and my mutual love of Tony Joe White. We used to have conversations about his records and she’d always joke, ‘Just write me ‘Rainy Night in Georgia.’ Jesus, what a tall order, but I guess in my own way I started trying.”

“Majestic… Boone’s smoky vocals fit the desperation of Vlautin’s mini–dramas perfectly, the band’s country–soul swing evocatively solid.” Q – 4 Stars **** “Boone’s rich, Rickie Lee Jones–meets–Chrissie Hynde voice is the careworn bedrock upon which these bruised, dynamics–rich songs depend. There’s no mistaking it’s pedigree.” MOJO - 4 Stars ****

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