Jun 15, 2016 09:25 AM EDT | Knox Harrington
Seaside Holiday, the Ohioan synthpop brother-sister duo of Cara McQuate and Morgan McQuate, recently announced the arrival of their new record, Grand Tours. The 11-song effort is the pair's first full-length since their 2012 self-titled debut.
Featuring pulsing production from Ronnie Martin of Southern California electro-legends Joy Electric among the array, Grand Tours has Seaside Holiday plunging to new depths in funereal indie-tronic rock amid the album's spacey theme of vivid wanderlust and allegorical interstellar travel.
As we previously reported on our sister site Music Times, the band released the album's lead-off single, "The End of All Things," earlier this year. The accompanying music video, directed by Seaside instrumentalist Morgan McQuate, plops the band amidst the cosmos for the delicate drone jam.
Describing Grand Tours as "more rooted in an electronic influence ... more ambient and ethereal, with an overall darker sound," the band's vocalist-instrumentalist Cara McQuate relayed to music blog Present Ghost her and her sibling's humble musical beginnings, their initial musical influences and dearth of convenient bandmates:
"I started to try to learn in the safe confines of my room beginning in high school. I was completely obsessed with The Smiths and other similar sounds and wanted a vehicle for my own 'artful expression,' at least one that wasn't the flute, which was the extent of my musical prowess at the time. Morgan followed shortly thereafter with bass. The family cat refused to learn drums, so we were a short-handed band."
Seaside Holiday teased Grand Tours highlight "Etchings of Yesterday" way back in 2013 during the early pre-production for the album. That song and "The End of All Things" serve as a suitable sampler for the album's somber, survivalist anthems of glassy electronic technopop.
Grand Tours comes out on Tuesday, June 28 at all digital music retailers and is available for preorder now at seasideholiday.bandcamp.com -- CD preorders include a limited edition 7-inch vinyl single with non-album bonus tracks.
Listen to "Etchings of Yesterday":
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