10 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Secrets, Jessica Dobson wraps her moodily detached voice around gauzy, noir-smeared indie rock, resulting in an album that feels like a journey through the secluded interior of the singer/songwriter’s mind. On "Notice Me," her melancholy plea floats in a lonely sea of reverb and flickering post-punk guitars. “Always Waiting” finds the music reduced to just vocals and ambient textures, and it’s spellbinding. Even when she kicks up the tempo, as she does on the danceable “See These Eyes,” her hypnotic cadence still feels intensely reflective and isolated.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Secrets, Jessica Dobson wraps her moodily detached voice around gauzy, noir-smeared indie rock, resulting in an album that feels like a journey through the secluded interior of the singer/songwriter’s mind. On "Notice Me," her melancholy plea floats in a lonely sea of reverb and flickering post-punk guitars. “Always Waiting” finds the music reduced to just vocals and ambient textures, and it’s spellbinding. Even when she kicks up the tempo, as she does on the danceable “See These Eyes,” her hypnotic cadence still feels intensely reflective and isolated.

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About Deep Sea Diver

Indie rock band Deep Sea Diver is the passion project of California vocalist Jessica Dobson, who is backed by husband and drummer Peter Mansen, bassist Garrett Gue, and guitarist/keyboardist Elliot Jackson. In addition to stints with Beck, Spoon, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the Shins, Dobson was briefly signed with Atlantic Records in 2004 as a solo artist. After recording a pair of albums for the label, she went independent and switched focus to Deep Sea Diver, releasing debut EP New Caves in 2009. The group's first full-length, History Speaks, appeared in 2012. After a second EP (Always Waiting) in 2014, they released breakthrough LP Secrets on their own label, High Beam Records. Secrets was recorded with Luke Vander Pol and Darrell Thorp (Radiohead, Beck), and included the track "Creatures of Comfort" featuring Shins frontman James Mercer on backing vocals. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

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