It’s been a few weeks since I’ve released a podcast episode, and in that time a lot has happened. Coronavirus’ spread has caused social distancing and the cancellation of events worldwide, including concerts and tours. It’s important to stay indoors, but now more than ever, it’s also important to create connections online.
Today I’m doing just that, by sharing a conversation with Lalin St. Juste of the Bay Area band the Seshen. The six-piece band combines sequenced synthesizers, syncopated beats, and Lalin’s soft, skillful vocals. Their third full-length album, CYAN came out on February 28th. Inspired by the strength and softness of the color cyan, the tumult of the 2016 election, and personal struggles with depression, the album features some of the Seshen’s most vulnerable and self-reflective songs.
“I think I’m always striving to figure out how to get to a more personal and vulnerable place,” said Lalin about CYAN. “I think this is yet another step in that direction.”
In this episode, Lalin breaks down some of the songs on CYAN and talks about how she fused personal lyrics with bassist/producer Akiyoshi Ehara’s textured grooves.
Songs included in this episode: “4AM,” “Don’t Answer,” and “Dive” by the Seshen
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