Pink and Blue by Waterdeep on Apple Music

13 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Over the past decade, Waterdeep has transmogrified itself from a Christian folk-rock quintet into a more intimate vehicle for founding members Don and Lori Chaffer to explore issues of faith and family. This project is meant to be approached as two EPs, separating Don and Lori’s songs. But as it plays out, the Chaffers’ compositions work together as a whole, capturing moods both serious (“You’ll Be Fine,” “I Rolled into New Years Eve”) and lighthearted (“Life of the Party,” “Okay, Okay, Yeah”). Lori’s singing brings to mind the likes of Leigh Nash and the Weepies’ Deb Talan on such gently nuanced tracks as “Lying In History” and “Do the Dance.” Don projects a lovable camp counselor presence, though his vocal on “Right Before” adds shadows to his sunny side. The music is often inventive, with Waterdeep veteran Brandon Graves drumming up a storm (especially on “Oh”) and former Peter Frampton sideman Stan Shelton anchoring the tracks with his stalwart bass. By turns whimsical and yearning, Pink and Blue brings out fresh colors in this always-intriguing combo’s sound.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Over the past decade, Waterdeep has transmogrified itself from a Christian folk-rock quintet into a more intimate vehicle for founding members Don and Lori Chaffer to explore issues of faith and family. This project is meant to be approached as two EPs, separating Don and Lori’s songs. But as it plays out, the Chaffers’ compositions work together as a whole, capturing moods both serious (“You’ll Be Fine,” “I Rolled into New Years Eve”) and lighthearted (“Life of the Party,” “Okay, Okay, Yeah”). Lori’s singing brings to mind the likes of Leigh Nash and the Weepies’ Deb Talan on such gently nuanced tracks as “Lying In History” and “Do the Dance.” Don projects a lovable camp counselor presence, though his vocal on “Right Before” adds shadows to his sunny side. The music is often inventive, with Waterdeep veteran Brandon Graves drumming up a storm (especially on “Oh”) and former Peter Frampton sideman Stan Shelton anchoring the tracks with his stalwart bass. By turns whimsical and yearning, Pink and Blue brings out fresh colors in this always-intriguing combo’s sound.

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About Waterdeep

Wichita, KS-based alternative CCM band Waterdeep was formed in 1995 by ex-Hey Ruth frontman Don Chaffer upon completion of his solo album You Were at the Time for Love; bassist Anthony Case, keyboardist Jay Pfiefer and drummer Brandon Graves completed the lineup, which soon released its debut album To Chase Away the Birds. Chaffer's wife, singer/guitarist Lori Coscia, joined Waterdeep in 1996, with the group's sophomore effort Sink or Swim appearing the following year; in 1998, the band returned with both Enter the Worship Circle, an acoustic collaboration with the members of 100 Portraits, and Live at the New Earth, which documented the final performances of Case and Pfiefer. The outtakes collection Everyone's Little CD preceded the 1999 release of Waterdeep's 1999 Squint Entertainment debut Everyone's Beautiful, featuring new bassist Kenny Carter and Graves' wife Christena on keyboards. ~ Jason Ankeny

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