HOLLOW SUNSHINE "BIBLE SEA"
Bible Sea is the new all-electronic record from California’s Hollow Sunshine, the duo of acclaimed visual artist Reuben Sawyer (Dry Insides, Florida Man, Blood Bright Star) and Morgan Enos (Other Houses, Hheaven).
In contrast to Hollow Sunshine’s previous LPs Held Above and Bring Gold, Bible Sea ditches all semblance of a rock band in favor of disfigured samples, 808 sequences, and driving industrial percussion. A harsh, otherworldly atmosphere is soothed by Enos's melodic vocal approach. Enos sees the lyrical theme of this lush darkwave masterpiece as "spiritual weaponry." Main instrumentalist Reuben Sawyer says that the sounds are "cold and alienating, which is a good thing… the vocals remain sensitive while the music is buried in this digital muck and can’t find a way out. Animal vs. machine."
It's this restlessness and striving for new emotions and sounds that acts as Hollow Sunshine's calling card. Bible Sea demonstrates the depth and ingenuity Sawyer and Enos are capable of on any release. Sawyer says that the goal was to create new and refreshing sounds and take as many risks as possible, putting the philosophy of the band succinctly: "music has no place in the hands of safety."
Bible Sea is the first entry in Iron Pier's new mini-LP series. It will be followed by Self Defense Family's Colicky in September 2016, and other later releases.