There couldn’t be a more perfect title for a press release: “Every Summer Needs a Soundtrack.” The Seedlings have got you covered. On Tuesday, July 31st they will release their debut album, Why We Grow Old. And in true Seedlings-fashion, you can expect a myriad of instruments featured on this album–banjo, glockenspiel, and cello among others. Read on for the full release.
“DES MOINES, IA (July 23, 2012) – Seedlings will release their debut album Why We Grow Old on Tuesday, July 31st. Until then, the Des Moines-based pop folk band is streaming the album on Soundcloud.
Recorded in Des Moines during 2011 and the first part of 2012, the album includes 10 new songs and a remix by St. Paul- and Des Moines-based electronic artist Olsen Twinns. In Seedlings fashion, each song is structured around harmonies and folk instruments – guitar, banjo, glockenspiel, cello, drums and an occasional trumpet.
“We’re thrilled to finally release this collection of songs,” lead singer and songwriter Danny Heggen said. “Not only do they represent how our sound has grown, but they represent how our relationships with each other, our community and our loved ones has grown.”
The first single “Between Us” (and a couple others) is about Danny’s wife, but the album is full of other emotional songs. Specifically, track 9 “Near the Pine” is about Danny’s best friend from high school who passed away after suffering through brain cancer.
“It’s the first song I’ve been able to write about him,” Danny noted. “And we have yet to perform it live because Mallory, my sister, begins to cry every time she hears it.”
It’s been a big year so far for Seedlings’ members Danny Heggen, Mallory Heggen, Ryan Stier, Connor Moore and Nels Dovre. This spring they opened an event for President Obama. This summer they performed with DevotchKa and at 80/35.
This music and these experiences have brought them all closer together, and that’s what this album is all about: the purpose we find in aging with those we love and the pieces of our past we carry along.”