Singer/songwriter and guitarist Jayan Bertrand, bassist Josh Ewers, electronic drummer Josue Vargas and guitarist Dion Kerr have coined new genre “Caribbean Jazzgaze” to describe their wholly unique combination of jazz, shoegaze, rock, hip-hop, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms that is Seafoam Walls.
‘XVI’ is Seafoam Walls’ debut album which will be released late 2021 by The Daydream Library Series, the house record label of Ecstatic Peace Library operated by Eva Prinz & Thurston Moore. This is a follow-up to the band’s first EP ‘R-E-F-L-E-C-T,’ released in 2018, as well as the single ROOT in 2019 via Bandcamp. Along with the announcement, their newest track, DEPENDENCY, will be released today (Saturday, July 17) as a part of Record Store Day. Listen to DEPENDENCY via Bandcamp below.
Seafoam Walls caught the attention of cultish music and art communities around South Florida with a soundtrack befitting of their dark tropical paradise, and have remained a Miami secret since 2016. Bandleader Jayan began his journey as a musician listening to metal and classic rock. His first formal lessons after a year of self-taught practice came from family friend and talented jazz guitarist, Bemol Telfort. Although jazz wasn’t his first love, it opened his heart to explorations of free improvisation, which led to an introduction to Dion, Josh, and Josue—all active members on South Florida’s jazz scene.
The band recently attracted international rock ‘n roll consciousness following a secret all-ages matinee in the gardens of North Miami’s Centre for Subtropical Affairs with DC hardcore photographer Susie J (Teen Idles, Minor Threat, et al.) and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore front and center. The Miami indie band completed the eight-track album ‘XVI’ earlier this year, mastered by Norwegian sound artist Lasse Marhaug. The album will be released on seafoam-green coloured vinyl via Daydream Library Series later this year.