Former Alaskan musician Seth Boyer will release his second full length album Half Lonely on Friday, April 25.
The album undisputedly reflects its title. Boyer’s touching ability to create a scene both desperate and sweet is well captured here. The nine songs that make up Half Lonely are intimate, tactile and frankly constructed, spun together with threads of guilt, shame, destitution and regret, but also with the buoyancy of hope, honesty and determination.
Perhaps the grey skies of Seattle, Wash. and the heavy sweaters of Ballard have subsidized Boyer’s brand of creativity? That’s not exactly what the musician thinks is at play.
“Seattle has been great for my creative process and output – only two songs on the record were written in Alaska – but it’s less to do with place and more to do with playing music full-time. Without an office job, all my energy goes toward songwriting/recording,” Boyer wrote in an email Thursday. “I have a half-dozen songs that didn’t make the record … I want to release more singles rather than build up this months-long flood of content and dump it all at once.”
Boyer has been releasing loose singles on his Facebook page via Soundcloud routinely since relocating to Seattle in December of last year. Half Lonely marks his first new collection since 2012’s Pre Exodus.
Pick up the album if you’re a fan of artist like M. Ward, Jeff Buckley, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) and/or, you know, Seth Boyer. And check out two of the singles of the new album below:
And Seth Boyer’s Anchorage Press Basement Session here: