Music Feature: The Frozen Ocean
December 13, 2010 § Leave a comment
“We live in a crazy world,” says David Swanson, singer and primary songwriter for the Frozen Ocean.
“I’m constantly amazed by the extremes I see in our culture. One second you see acts of great kindness and love then the next, acts of unspeakable greed and evil.”
In response to those polar opposites, the songs on In Exile tell stories about desperation, greed, hope and the mystery of love.
David says, “honestly I don’t have a totally satisfying explanation for the painful things that happen in life, but I do believe that God reconciles everything for a greater purpose than what I can personally comprehend.”
One listen to In Exile and it’s immediately evident that the songs defy easy classification.
From the hypnotic opener Caught in the Air to the Irish-influenced closer Promised Land, In Exile paints a broad musical landscape.
“Some of my biggest influences when writing and recording these songs were Mark Knopfler, David Bazan and Daniel Lanois. My favorite albums have always been musically diverse, and I’ve never had interest in making an album that sounds the same top to bottom.“
David, a big fan of collaboration, called upon longtime friends, Matt Greiner (August Burns Red) and Andy Nelson (Wrench in the Works) to handle drum duties on In Exile.
“Matt and Andy are both guys I’ve known for a long time and am so proud of what they’ve contributed to the songs.”
In Exile is available everywhere digital music is sold.