"Sometimes all it takes is a guitar tone... to get me very locked in a song and wanting to be creative. And I found that tone -- we wanted it to sound like a T-Rex was being strangled."
-- Jessica Dobson, Deep Sea Diver
Deep Sea Diver's new album, Secrets, is full of songs that mange to sound both elaborately crafted and effortless. While the Seattle outfit's arrangements are immaculate, combining subtle keyboard figures and complex drum patterns with Dobson's gorgeous guitar tones, they never sound fussed-over. They sound weightless.
Listen in as Dobson -- former touring guitarist for the Shins, Beck and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- and the rest of her band share the story behind "It Takes a Moment," a song that alternately gnashes its teeth and glows like a California sunset, in this episode of the podcast recorded in the band's van outside of San Francisco's Rickshaw Stop.
Additional songs heard in this episode:
David Bowie -- "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)"
Deep Sea Diver perform Wednesday, May 4, at the Independent in San Francisco; details here.