Sea Oleena will soon release an album titled Shallow, though her new single, “If I’m,” sounds anything but. It’s a wonderfully atmospheric piece that stretches the definition of a singer-songwriter to its most ambient and spacious limit. Oleena’s work has been deservedly compared to Grouper’s most song-oriented material, but “If I’m” weaves in some snapping beats and sharp strings, building tension without releasing it too soon. Where you might expect the song to finally boil over, it moves instead into an even lovelier ambient comedown, as if the whole thing just evaporates right in front of you. Listen.
Shallow is out 9/30 via Lefse.