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Oxbow Debut “Gunwale” Video


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The below video for the song “Gunwale” is the latest entry in Oxbow‘s visual onslaught for their latest album, “Love’s Holiday“. Commenting on the release of this latest clip, the band’s vocalist Eugene S. Robinson offered:

“‘Gunwale,’ and the gerund form ‘gunwaling,’ is described as a trick that you use when you’ve lost your paddles and it sees you standing at the boat’s stern, ON the stern, and moving the boat by squatting and then standing. The lyric itself? Nothing to do with that. And yet it does.”

Guitarist/pianist Niko Wenner added:

“I would record my improvised singing to each of my newborn kids going to sleep or when they would wake predawn needing a diaper or a bottle. Listening later, I realized I was at concert pitch, oddly in-tune with the piano there in the dark, often straight from sleep. A real discovery after a lifetime of singing.

This particular melody, which became the song ‘Gunwale,’ sung to my intently focused baby boy one early morning in 2018, fit a D Major blues. I arranged the melody for a 15-voice, mixed choir and we recorded two layers in the studio. We had used our final bass, drums, and guitar take the only one with an extended improv at the end. ProTools crashed midway in the first vocal take so we had to restart from there; the final choir chord gave me a shiver of pleasure hearing it sun in the studio the first time. One of my favorite moments on Love’s Holiday.”

Annapaola Martin directed the video for the track and commented of it:

“If you listen to it, ‘Gunwale‘ is a sound wave that drags you away. If you look at it, ‘Gunwale‘ is a journey on the surface of the water, on the border between our reality and the world of abyss, where all of our dreams and fears live.”

Look for the band back out on the road later this week as part of the following touring,

With Couch Slut:

10/20 Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA
10/21 Portland, ME – SPACE
10/22 Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere (feat. Gnaw)

With Whores. & Psychic Trash:

11/05 Seattle, WA – Substation
11/06 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
11/07 Portland, OR – Star Theatre
11/09 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
11/10 Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theatre
11/11 Mesa, AZ – Pub Rock

With USA/MEXICO & Glassing:

11/12 Austin, TX – Mohawk

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