Jeff Pekarek | Panamerican Shanty

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Panamerican Shanty

by Jeff Pekarek

This opus uses traditional sea shanties and film noire-inspired originals to tell the story of the Nakai Nakai, a fabled whale-tooth scrimshaw piece.
Genre: Folk: Sea Shanties
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Plains of Mexico
3:14 $0.99
2. The Sea Lion Gate
4:39 $0.99
3. Whale Tooth City
4:16 $0.99
4. Dance of the Nails
2:40 $0.99
5. Strike the Bell
3:33 $0.99
6. Kamakua's Etching Tune
3:04 $0.99
7. The Tooth in San Francisco
1:40 $0.99
8. Woodpile
2:15 $0.99
9. Ranzo Ray's Bar, Song, and Demise
5:39 $0.99
10. The Siren and the Sunset Shanty
5:33 $0.99
11. Miriam in Valparaiso
1:56 $0.99
12. Lula Gals
1:27 $0.99
13. Cape Horn Mermaid
3:23 $0.99
14. La Boca Dawn
1:54 $0.99
15. Lowlands Away
3:08 $0.99
16. Blue Sand
2:41 $0.99
17. Downtown Rivet Noir
6:06 $0.99
18. Bound to California
2:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
Panamerican Shanty uses traditional sea shanties and film noire-inspired originals
to tell the story of the Nakai Nakai, a fabled whale-tooth scrimshaw piece. Poetry and narration, partly in Spanish, give the perspectives of a tango dancer, a late-night disc jockey, a private eye, and various mariners, while the singing of a chorus of rum-lit sailors
provides an abstract commentary.

The instrumental palette is also unique: string bass is the main color in this opus,
joined by bouzouki, drums, and trumpets. Piano and guitar are used sparingly, while antique bongos and Irish whistle add some culturally specific hues. Sounds of marine animals (mainly humpback whales, seagulls, and sea lions) are integrated into some of the pieces.

As music, this album is a unique combination of sea shanties and original fifties-style jazz. The sea shanty, a type of folk music which flourished in the nineteenth century, is itself a hybrid. On merchant ships, West African work songs blended with British and Irish melodies and verses, forming a rich tradition which gradually died out, as steam power and electricity reduced the need for coordinated group muscle. The album's nine sea shanties are arranged by Pekarek in a style reminiscent of British folk rock bands of the late 70's, such as Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention. These pieces are connected by original music which recalls the abstract, sparse tension of film noire scores and 'exotica' LPs.



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