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SEAN WATERS - FLEXIBILITY BLUES - NEW SINGLE 6.26.2020

“Flexibility Blues” playfully stretches into the realms of California folk-pop, zen singer-songwriter, and chill Colorado Americana. Masterfully produced by Justin Andres (Eric Burdon and the Animals) “Flexibility” was sonically inspired by both Surprise-era Paul Simon and Hiss Golden Messenger psychedelia. Acoustic guitar and ambient synths; a major-key, feel-good, Rocky Mountain high.

The song takes the blues motif of losing the one you love into a quirky anthem for misfits refusing to fit into existing social ideals. and into a plea for mental health in an age where “We’re all just animals / Living in the internet.” The vocals, like the lyrics, are fun, feel good, and stress free.

After the successful DIY release of “Easy Graces” in May 2020 (the song reached #7 on the Submithub Popular Rock/Guitar Charts), Waters, 38, is still waking up to his mission to spread joy through music,. And in a way, “Flexibility Blues” bends Waters’ experience as college-level philosophy instructor into his life as a feel-good folk folk-pop troubadour.

Waters wrote “Flexibility Blues” in 2007, while he was studying the Buddhist philosophy of not-self, doing psychedelics, the same year his regional jam-rock band Wasabi was voted ‘Best Jamband’ in Denver’s Westword.

It would take another 12 years, 100 songs, and 1000 shows around his home-town of Fort Collins -- a rural-leaning University-town close to the Wyoming border -- to make the connections needed to bring “Flexibility Blues” into existence, when, in 2018, his demos intrigued L.A.-based producer Justin Andres (Eric Burdon & the Animals, Little Monarch) and he was invited to come track in Los Angeles. With a dream-team of L.A. Session players, they produced three singles, working with references to the Father John Misty, the Beatles, and Hiss Golden Messenger.

Bloggers have written:

“Chill and ruminative Colorado americana” - Indie is not a Genre, (USA)

What we liked in " Easy Graces " is this mixture of genres and souls of rock and blues, without forgetting americana with a kind of indie-pop and alt-rock touch.” - Direct Actu, (France)

“Feels like a walk in the woods on a warm sunny day … the voice shines like a diamond ... soft, emotional and exciting at the same time.” kms reviews, (Germany)

SEAN WATERS - MOON DOWN - NEW SINGLE 6.5.2020

“Moon Down,” produced by Justin Andres (Eric Burdon and the Animals, Little Monarch), is the second single from Colorado Indie / Alt Rockers Sean Waters & The Sunrise Genius.

For Waters, the song testifies to his belief that music and art are essential services — a timeless way of connecting to the deepest parts of our humanity and to each other in times when some may be trying to pull us apart.

“Moon Down” extends this idea of connection outward, contrasting natural metaphors with our current hyper-connected social media reality of 2020.

Waters opens the song with “Moon down, coming from your eyes,” and ends with “See the sun rise again,” playing with the themes of rebirth and re-connection, suggesting that there’s a way — beyond the feed — to cultivate a deeper connection between all of us and the world we inhabit.

Along the way, he investigates his own responsibility and vulnerability to love, singing in the second verse: “Came to disconnect the screens / Give ourselves a better dream / Said you mean that much to me.”

The song, a classic-sounding indie rock ballad, was written over a year ago as a love song, but, for Waters at least, has somehow found relevance in today’s tempestuous social climate.

Waters explains: “I’m keenly aware of how strange it is to self-promote my music in the face of mass protests, widespread social injustice, and the worst global health crisis of our lifetimes. I don’t want to divert attention from the structural reforms we so desperately need in America — in fact it’s quite the opposite. I hope this song helps people find the strength to cultivate the kind of love they need to keep fighting for justice.”

With regard to social media, addiction, and mental health (popular themes in Waters’ music), “Moon Down” calls into question our reliance on social media — the screens that can keep us from the ones we love — and asks us what it means to serve.

Waters says: “When I sing ‘disconnect the screens / give ourselves a better dream’, I was originally critiquing how being connected on social media, how caring about the smoke and mirrors of appearance, you know, can really mess with our heads and our mental health and our relationships. Now, that’s become a kind of critique of the whole capitalistic creed, the whole “American dream,” of “success” and dare-I-say “whiteness” that exploits people and the environment, and commodifies appearance on social media.”

To bring these ideas big ideas to life, producer Justin Andres pulled from his experience with Eric Burdon and the Animals and assembled a dream-team of Los Angeles players. Subtle synths, Hornsby-esque piano lines, and Dan Kalisher’s searing slide guitar pushes the track into the “classic rock” realm of early West-coast psychedelia.

With genre-bending hints of Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, the Arcs, the Jayhawks, and the Record Company, “Moon Down” feels somehow both classic and contemporary.

The song, like life itself, straddles both the weight of pain: “I feel so heavy I could break” and the hope and promise of redemption: “With more loving-making / Everlast again.”

“A lot of my music, as an extension of my life, is a kind of existential faith,” Waters says. “That’s the whole idea of the ‘Sunrise Genius’ moniker — I’m saying that the sunrise itself is the genius, that the the music, like the promise of a new day, offers benefits when we give ourselves over to to a love much bigger than ourselves.”

SEAN WATERS - EASY GRACES - NEW SINGLE 4.24.2020

Sean Waters, raised by northern Colorado hippies, was a child of both compassion and alcoholism: and both these threads come through in his debut single “Easy Graces,” which he recorded in Los Angeles with Justin Andres, the live music director and bassist for rock-and-roll hall-of-famer Justin Andres. Masterfully produced by Andres, “Easy Graces,” infuses Waters chill and ruminative Colorado americana with a kind of indie-pop edge of L.A. alt-rock. The lyricics nod to both Bob Dylan and Tom Petty; the groovy, indie-folk ambient rock soundscape nods to Father John Misty, Hiss Golden Messenger, and the softer rock of Cage the Elephant.  

Lyrically, “Easy Graces” is a promising debut for a road-tested singer-songwriter, exploring the challenge and grace of addiction and love, breaking up and staying together. It’s a song about what we keep and what we lose in recklessness, a love story that, according to Waters, “also touches on our current use of social media to prostitute our addictions.”  

There’s a kind of snarky but humble spiritualism here, an exploration of grace as acceptance, and “the paradox of being together even though you’re physically and socially and emotionally apart.” Perhaps that’s why the song, which was recorded over a year ago, still has some relevance in today’s social distancing movement.

“Everything has come to mean something else, or at least it’s showing a new side of itself in this societal brush with death -- this COVID-19 situation,” Waters explains, “and ‘Easy Graces’ is no exception: it deals with being separate and still together, of carrying someone with you even though you can’t be with them physically, of the perseverance of love, while at the same time, how an addiction to alcohol, or sex, or even our identities themselves leads you “to a heith you find alone” that you can only fall from, “finding you’re gone” from the togetherness and humility and society that being a human is all about.  

This track was recorded in January 2019, almost a year before the live debut of Waters’ live band, the Sunrise Genius. With Sean Waters on Acoustic Guitar and Lead Vocals, “Easy Graces” also features Justin Andres on Bass, Electric Guitar, Synths, Backing Vocals, Kiel Feher on Drums and Percussion, Luke Miller on Keys, Organ, and Casey Calmenson on Backing Vocals, “Easy Graces” is a layered labor of love, an exercise in the easy graces of an artistic life where, above all, you’re true to yourself.

SEAN WATERS - EASY GRACES - NEW SINGLE 4.24.2020

Sean Waters, raised by northern Colorado hippies, was a child of both compassion and alcoholism: and both these threads come through in his debut single “Easy Graces,” which he recorded in Los Angeles with Justin Andres, the live music director and bassist for rock-and-roll hall-of-famer Justin Andres. Masterfully produced by Andres, “Easy Graces,” infuses Waters chill and ruminative Colorado americana with a kind of indie-pop edge of L.A. alt-rock. The lyricics nod to both Bob Dylan and Tom Petty; the groovy, indie-folk ambient rock soundscape nods to Father John Misty, Hiss Golden Messenger, and the softer rock of Cage the Elephant.  

Lyrically, “Easy Graces” is a promising debut for a road-tested singer-songwriter, exploring the challenge and grace of addiction and love, breaking up and staying together. It’s a song about what we keep and what we lose in recklessness, a love story that, according to Waters, “also touches on our current use of social media to prostitute our addictions.”  

There’s a kind of snarky but humble spiritualism here, an exploration of grace as acceptance, and “the paradox of being together even though you’re physically and socially and emotionally apart.” Perhaps that’s why the song, which was recorded over a year ago, still has some relevance in today’s social distancing movement.
 
“Everything has come to mean something else, or at least it’s showing a new side of itself in this societal brush with death -- this COVID-19 situation,” Waters explains, “and ‘Easy Graces’ is no exception: it deals with being separate and still together, of carrying someone with you even though you can’t be with them physically, of the perseverance of love, while at the same time, how an addiction to alcohol, or sex, or even our identities themselves leads you “to a heith you find alone” that you can only fall from, “finding you’re gone” from the togetherness and humility and society that being a human is all about.  

This track was recorded in January 2019, almost a year before the live debut of Waters’ live band, the Sunrise Genius. With Sean Waters on Acoustic Guitar and Lead Vocals, “Easy Graces” also features Justin Andres on Bass, Electric Guitar, Synths, Backing Vocals, Kiel Feher on Drums and Percussion, Luke Miller on Keys, Organ, and Casey Calmenson on Backing Vocals, “Easy Graces” is a layered labor of love, an exercise in the easy graces of an artistic life where, above all, you’re true to yourself.