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“The term “sea gaze,” which is how local band Freeport describes its genre of music, isn’t just some clever name the members devised—it really is the best description for its sound. The band is, on one hand, heavily influenced by early ’90s-era music: moody, atmospheric shoegaze by the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Lush, and the Jesus and Mary Chain. On the other hand, it is also quite influenced by sea shanties. It isn’t just that the group’s songs sound like slow, surreal pirate sing-alongs—although they do—it’s that the sea is an integral part of the band as a whole: It serves as a place of inspiration on all levels, and lyrically, the ocean is a recurring theme. To that end, Freeport, which performs on Friday, November 15, at Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub, has even planned a songwriting retreat to the northern coast. “I think the sea is a good symbol in that it represents the freedom and also the terror of something so vast,” says pianist and vocalist”

“Close your eyes and imagine a ship of drunken pirates singing sea shanties—but in some sort of surreal David Lynch-esque alternate universe—then you might have an idea of what Freeport is about. Freeport calls its sound “seagaze.” It's part traditional Americana, part old-timey sing-alongs, but played as though it were textured, reverb-drenched, late-1980s post-punk. The trio—which plays two guitars and a keyboard—creates not just a wall of sound musically, but also vocal melodies that are rich in harmony, and at times, haunting. It's not particularly dynamic, but Freeport leans much heavier on mood than anything. And it can get pretty eerie. www.facebook.com/freeportmusic. ”

“Listen Up! Sacramento is happy to share with you an amazing local band called “Freeport”. Their style is described on their ReverbNation site as “sea-gaze”. Together, Jeannie Lee, Madeleine Lohman, and Joy Stern create stories and a mood that will fixate your heart and mind. Their melodic and hauntingly beautiful sounds will fill your soul with thoughts and tales of the sea and other not so far off earthly places. The songs “Navigating” and “By Land or By Sea” are just two of the many songs you can hear on this episode of Listen Up! Sacramento. ”

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