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Beneath the Leaves

by Watsonville Patio

Ethereal, Reverbed & folk-drenched with an Indie pop-rock flair. Sultry female vocals reminiscent of Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star with U2/Daniel Lanois-esque atmospheric guitar effects.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. 6th and Main
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2. Until There's Nothing Left
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3. Words to Reach You
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4. Does You No Good
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5. Waste the Day
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6. Hold Still
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7. Sugar
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8. Giving Up My Gun
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9. Exit Mode
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10. As Pretty Does
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11. Into My Blue
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12. Fall of the Oak Tree
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13. Low
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Album Notes
"Superbly produced with raw honesty and painful beauty..."
-The Oregonian

Watsonville Patio's anticipated 6th and latest CD, "Beneath the Leaves" is a gentle gem of an album. It's serene glow features 13 tracks (all written and produced by Watsonville Patio in their "home recording studio basement" of Portland, OR) that call to mind the dreamy acoustica of artists such as Mazzy Star, Fleetwood Mac and more currently, My Morning Jacket. Drenched in the band's favored reverb, folky pop-rock style, "Beneath the Leaves" reflects the subtle beauty and images of rainy days spent in the city of Portland, OR and the messiness of love and loss. WP's influences shine through on this new record- as longtime fans of U2 and Daniel Lanois's Production, to classic albums like Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" and Neil Young's "Harvest Moon", to country artist Emmylou Harris's "Wrecking Ball" and new bands like My Morning Jacket's "It Still Moves"..

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The Oregonian, Don Campbell

Superbly produced with raw honesty and painful beauty.
"Watsonville Patio has paved some pretty hard road.
Even if you know nothing about the Portland-by-way-of-L.A. band's long and tortured history, its new, self-produced release "Beneath the Leaves" will leave you spent from its agonizing detachment, its angst and ennui, and the bone-weary ache of singer Janice Grube's drowsy voice.
This is an intelligent, accomplished and eloquent pop band. There are no wasted syllables, no mind-numbing guitar solos, no obnoxious drum loops. Their somnolent grooves bear a certain defiance to most radio pop in a conscious though enigmatic way. The band members once flirted with major label success, but have seemed to shrug their shoulders at it, striking back by creating their own private sonic bubble that's both strong force and safe refuge.
The album's opener, "6th and Main," sets the sleepy tone, though its mid-song crescendo is pure power pop. Comparisons will be made between Grube's voice and those of Stevie Nicks or Chrissie Hynde, but she hits closer to the raw nerve of Patti Smith. Every lyric is soul-baring.
The bell-tone pedal-point guitar chords of "Until There's Nothing Left" stir bittersweet longing. By the third cut, "Words to Reach You," Grube, drowning in resignation, casts a spell. The band never hits what might be considered even a mid-tempo overdrive until the seventh cut, "Sugar," an upbeat corker that, even with its loping bass line and rock beat, still sounds dreamy.
Credit for the sound quality goes to guitarist Greg Windell. Windell strikes a delicate balance between his reverb- and tremolo-drenched electric guitar strokes, masterful acoustic chordal modes and other fresh guitar sounds that touch the edges of alt-country in their jangle and swirl.
"Beneath the Leaves" shows sonic maturity beyond Watsonville's last, " Faster, Please!" It is a superbly produced project, and emotionally satisfying in its raw honesty and painful beauty.
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