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Sharing Waves

by Cool Maritime

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Robotboot
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Robotboot Great visual music. very rhythmic and musical but still ambient vibes. Favorite track: Climbing Up.
Night Beach
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Night Beach feels like landscape paintings. Beautiful.
Sideman Deejay
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Sideman Deejay A collection of seven discrete worlds; northwestern foliage distended through glassy raindrops; modular stalactites, bursting joyously through a carpet of silken moss.

Cool Maritime returns to Leaving Records with one of the most intriguing LPs of the year. Favorite track: Forest Bathing.
Michael Mueller
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Michael Mueller Listening to this album - especially in headphones is like being surrounding by floating bubbles of sound, where each note is like the reflection of light on each bubble's membraneous sheen.

Beneath it all, soft synth waves provide an insulating cushion, lending a harmonic sense of structure to what otherwise feel like largely abstract, free-flowing compositions.

This is joyful, life-affirming music, but on a minimalist scale. There is a wistfulness here, too; a calming sense of reflection.


Favorite track: Climbing Up.
joseph lucca
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joseph lucca On repeat this morning. Looking forward to Sharing Waves!
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about

Sean Hellfritsch returns to Leaving Records with his second outing for the label as Cool Maritime. Sean is an active mixed-media visual artist, and modern modular electronic composer living and working in North East Los Angeles with his wife Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

Sharing Waves is all-expansive environments, and fully-realized worlds to explore and get lost in. A persistent sense of adventure and excitement is practically baked into the songs, many of them having been recorded in inspiring and remote outdoor locations using a nomadic studio including a "lunchbox" modular system. The narrative flair of this instrumental music comes naturally to Hellfritsch, who is also an accomplished filmmaker. What you hear is musical ideas captured in moments of awe, happiness and inspiration. Although the sounds are largely electronic, the feeling is organic, with lush arrangements that breathe and breaststroke their way gracefully through the open air. Illustrative song titles like "Forest Bathing" and "Secret Caves" evoke inviting landscapes of reflection and resonance. Pristine and glassy droplets of sound pitter over damp and mossy beds of emotional chords and feelings, as escape turns inwards.

In an interesting contrast to the nature-heavy motif, a number of the tracks on Sharing Waves were the result of a commission to create pieces for a large outdoor plaza in downtown Los Angeles. This dichotomy of nature versus development makes for an interesting fold in these fully realized compositions. As for the album's title, Hellfritsch, who is an inveterate surfer, explains: "Sometimes surfing can be a competitive environment with crowded breaks and not enough waves to go around. The 'right of way' rule is that the first person to catch the wave closest to where it’s breaking gets it. It’s a known rule and everyone expects you to respect it – but the exception to that rule is that friends love to share waves. It’s a joyful experience to be riding this big undulating ripple of water with a pal alongside you. Such a unique moment of fun and connection and excitement that always sticks with me."

Be it in a beautiful natural environment like those of the albums' creation or shut away indoors, Hellfritsch says he'd love for people to experiment with different ways of listening. "My favorite way to listen is laying on the floor in a dark space with some nice speakers. The tape deck in my 1987 Toyota van while driving very slowly along windy, foggy coastal road would be runner up." This idyllic image of a reliable old ride propelling through an endlessly unfolding seaboard perfectly captures the magic and mystery waiting to be found on Sharing Waves. Hellfritsch says, "the biggest thing i learned on this album was to trust my intuition when making music and not spend too much time second guessing myself. Just go for it and have fun!" Tune in with an open mind, and dare to share a wave.

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released June 1, 2018

*Also available"Shared Waves" remix album
featuring remixes by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Dntel, Carlos Niño, Matthewdavid, and Tomutonttu

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