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Grand Tours

by Seaside Holiday

Hope reaches out through the shadowy grates of this contemplative second full length art piece from the bloodline bonded electronic/synth duo.
Genre: Electronic: Synthpop
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Album Notes
Grand Tours represents a resolute return from the ashes by Midwestern synthpop brother-sister duo Seaside Holiday, singer/instrumentalist Cara McQuate and multi-instrumentalist Morgan McQuate.

Inspired by NASA’s Voyager space probe program -- the lonely beacons launched in 1977 and still quietly traversing deep space today -- Grand Tours serves as a thematic parallel for those abandoned space wanderers now far outside the grasp of human hands. This musical journey draws upon that allegorical theme of the searching spirit within every one of us and leaves a haunting, ethereal imprint on the listener.

Featuring production from Ronnie Martin (Joy Electric, The Foxglove Hunt) amid the mix, the newly-synthesized sonic sculptures from Seaside Holiday detail a wistful lyrical trek through the “dark night of the soul,” exploring the depths of loss and its lingering questions while questing for the hopeful glimmer that comes with new life.

"Singer-songwriter Cara McQuate and her multi-instrumentalist brother, Morgan, formed Seaside Holiday in 2010. Ohio natives, they've now found themselves the indie rock ambassadors of their quaint hamlet of Ashland, a college town about 60 miles south of Lake Erie.

The pair issued their eponymous debut, Seaside Holiday, in 2012. The album, a stark but cozy collection of catchy electronic pop, featured production from Joy Electric's resident monosynthian, Ronnie Martin (now an Ohio citizen himself). The band has since released both a Christmas single and a split EP.

In a review at Spartan News, journalist Jordan Spurling praised the group's self-titled effort as a strong mixture of the electronic and rock genres, foretelling the band's eventual melodic expedition of Grand Tours with his nomadic characterization:

"The combination of synthesizer and pop rock of Seaside Holiday is a very unique style of music composed by the McQuates. Next time you're in the mood to go through a musical journey, let this album layered in sound take you there."

Grand Tours promises to deliver a mature, advanced take on the band's detailed electro-pop symphonies. In an interview with Tuned Up, the group acutely described their musical charge as a survivalist sojourn through the lens of their synthesized sonic sculptures:
"We exist to chronicle a mortal trek through a fleeting life by way of tones and timbre. Sharing and partaking in the vast array of music that is within our reach is what provides a colorful back drop to a sometimes bleak landscape"
- Philip Trapp, Music Times Article May 23, 2016



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