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Deep in the Waves

by J. Briozo

An atmospheric, psych-pop album with rock, jazz, orchestral, and folk arrangements.
Genre: Rock: Album Rock
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1. Blind
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2. Deep in the Waves
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3. Beautiful Mess
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4. Spinning Out
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5. Rain Song
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6. The Big Parade
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7. Catalonia
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8. Las Cruces
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9. Firefly
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10. Blue
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11. Camera Obscura
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12. Santa Cruz
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13. Sun Sun True
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
J. Briozo evolved out of a set of songs that Swallows’ lead singer Jeff Crandall wrote as the Minneapolis-based band was set to return to the studio to record their third full-length album, "In the Shadow of the Seven Stars." The acoustic guitar- and piano-based songs that Jeff was working on were written from the perspective of a fictional singer-songwriter named J. Briozo, a persona loosely based his mother’s Portuguese ancestry.

Jeff wasn’t convinced at the time that this would be anything other than a studio project, assuming he’d play most of the parts, and he had no real intentions of conjuring up a band to perform the material. However, as Swallows began recording in one studio, Jeff began recording the basic tracks for "Deep in the Waves" in another studio across town and he quickly recognized that his solo album had begun to take on a life of its own. The new album was going to require the talents of his Swallows’ band mates to fully realize the vision that Jeff was developing for the project.

Jeff decided to invite members of Swallows to add additional parts to the somewhat open frameworks he had laid out for the songs on the album. The group composed their parts in the studio, creating psych-pop, rock, jazz, orchestral and folk arrangements for the songs. By the end of the tracking, it was clear that a compelling new sound had developed and a full band would needed to support it.

Press for Deep in the Waves:
"Imagine R.E.M performing songs written by the dream team of Neil Young and John Lennon and you´ll get "Deep in the Waves…." - Melodic.net

“This is not your average flash-in-the-pan side project. "Deep In The Waves" is a fully realized creation with songs and sound that can easily compete with anything being released by major labels. The songs are moody and melodic…and they feature dreamy arrangements that really push them to another level. Crandall has a great voice that’s perfectly suited for the style of songs he writes." - Babysue.com (LMNOP)

“It’s clear from the first track ‘Blind’ on J. Briozo’s debut "Deep in the Waves" that the listener is not in for a traditional record. With progressive intentions and a dynamic swirl of sounds fronted by hymnal keyboards and FX-drenched guitar melodies, a strange psychedelic bent overtakes Briozo’s music. The rhythms smolder like the dying embers of a long forgotten campfire as J’s vocals are steeped in melodic majesty…. “Deep in the Waves" is a phenomenal debut for Jeff Crandall and his J. Briozo project…. This album deserves top honors and is not to be missed by music fans that enjoy works that are truly fresh and original.” - No Depression Journal of Roots Music

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