Seafaring Strangers: Private Yacht - V/A LP
(Numero Group, 2017)
Our friends (and Huckleberry Roasters enthusiasts) at the Numero Group have previously scoured the depths of under-appreciated funk/soul, power pop, slowcore, proto-emo, gospel, and various lost label and private press gems to bring some amazing music to light. So what’s left!? The label has taken an abrupt, ahem, port turn with their new collection, Seafaring Strangers: Private Yacht, a collection of heretofore relative unknowns in the easy, breezy world of Yacht Rock.
According to a since-edited Wikipedia entry, "yacht rock refers to the highly polished brand of soft rock that emanated from Southern California between 1976 and 1984. The term is meant to suggest the kind of smooth, mellow music that early yuppies likely enjoyed while sipping champagne and snorting cocaine on their yachts." You won’t find the hits of Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, and Christopher Cross here, but you can find those guys on any old yacht rock compilation! These are the artists you likely haven’t heard - the guys whose glassy-smooth production and blue-eyed soul has been relegated to near-complete obscurity for 30-40 years. They’re victims of poor label promotion, unfortunate geography (many of them were not from the West Coast), or simply a part of the (arguably) unfair defamation cast upon soft rock for the past few decades.
This summer we encourage you all to dust off the wayfarers and sebagos, throw on your nicest linen shirt, and head for the nearest available yacht to throw Seafaring Strangers on the hi-fi. You’ve got some soft rockin’ to do!