Cedars Releases “Lost At Sea”

Central Texas-based electronic rock outfit Cedars releases “Lost At Sea,” a track lifted from their latest album, Cowards, via Gruene Records.

Talking about the concept of the album, Cedars explains, “‘Cowards,’ at its core, is an album about choosing yourself, even in the face of great consequences. So often we find ourselves in situations or systems that ask us to minimize ourselves or our desires or even our needs, but there comes a point where we have to make some really tough choices: do we continue to support the system that is crushing us and building itself on our backs, or do we honor our own still, small voice?”

They go on to add, “The album is the story of finding ourselves in a season of life where those choices were very pressing, and very loud, with very real consequences. There are times when death is necessary to make room for the new, the better, and sometimes the knife is in our own hands. The album, though full of heavy moments, is also woven with bright strands of hope and light, the kind that can only come after great loss and struggle. How quietly we go to war.”

Led by longtime friends Sandeigh Kennedy and Drew Heaton, Cedars’ sound merges industrial and organic textures, at once deliciously contrasting and complex.

“Lost At Sea” opens on hazy, swirling colors topped by a floating, dreamy voice, imbuing the lyrics with vulnerability combined with the sensation of serenity.

“Burn everything, all is lost / I’m floating out at sea.”

Rasping guitars and synths fill the melody with thick waves of sound, followed by an incandescent guitar and a shimmering, wafting breakdown topped by Kennedy’s sumptuous voice. When the harmonics ramp back up, blurry, and fuzzy, the tune takes on heavy washes of coloration and then descends to an elegant, yet passionate piano.

Cedars has it going on! “Lost At Sea” starts slowly, building to dense layers of music – all crowned by deluxe vocals.

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Written by Randy

Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.