Photo by Courtney Chappell
I never thought I'd be that into reworked sea shanties, but we live in odd times. Shane Parish has recently released a new song from his album of re-imagined sea shanties for guitar and percussion. "Haul Away Joe" doesn't truly sound like a traditional song. It's experimental guitar layered over guitar and drums. It's beautiful, but in kind of an ugly way. Parish has created this swirling and haunting soundscape for "Haul Away Joe" that is going to repel casual top 40 or adult contemporary listeners, but is going to draw adventurous listeners in. You're going to be taken in by the wave of sound that sweeps over you and around you. As I describe this, I realize I'm also describing an ocean wave which wasn't intentional. And then, slowly, the melody of a traditional sea shanty starts peeking out for you to notice. Shane Parish has crafted something truly special and unique here.
In a press release, Shane Parish talks about the new song and accompanying video: