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“Dream the Currents” in Big Takeover top 100 releases of 2019!

We were surprised and so, so pleased to find our 2019 EP Dream the Currents in the top 100 releases for the year in the illustrious Big Takeover magazine! If you aren’t familiar with Big Takeover, they are a twice-yearly, long-format magazine (with a year-round online presence as well) with in-depth interviews of musical artists, reviews, online playlists, and musical premieres. As readers of the magazine ourselves, it’s a huge honor to find ourselves in the editor’s Top 100, at number 86.

You can check out the full list of 160 new releases, 70 singles, and 50 reissues here. And consider subscribing! If you love music, it’s a great read every time!

Vote for your 2019 top ten at KEXP

We’ve been quiet online lately as we’ve been working on demos for our next recording. Speaking of recording, our EP Dream the Currents from earlier this year has been included on the ballot for the KEXP Top 10! We’re so honored to be included on that list with so, so many good releases – both local and national.

If our record was one of your favorites this year, we’d appreciate your vote! Just go to this link, and thanks!

“Minor Mendings” video selected for SIFF at Bumbershoot

If you’re going to be attending Bumbershoot over Labor Day Weekend, be sure to stop by the SIFF Film Center every afternoon where they’ll be showing music videos from selected PNW artists – including ours!

If you won’t get the chance to see it on the big screen, you can still enjoy it on YouTube:


“Minor Mendings” video premiering at Big Takeover Magazine

We’re super excited that music magazine The Big Takeover is premiering our new video! You can watch it exclusively (for now) on their website HERE.

“Minor Mendings” video sneak peek

Next month we’ll be premiering a new video for the track “Minor Mendings” off our Dream the Currents EP. Enjoy this sneak peek now:

Video premiere for “Parachute On”

The hard-working folks at local blog Dan’s Tunes were kind enough to host a premiere of our new video. Check out our drummer Rian’s re-cut of a 1950’s propaganda film that gives it a scarily modern update, and read all about it, here.

You like podcasts?

We’ve got podcasts!

Seattle-based Solving Sounds podcast talks to Julie: Listen Here

AltRevue podcast talks to Gary and Julie: Listen Here


Recent press

Our latest release Dream the Currents has been out for a week now, and already we’re down to only 3 copies of the limited, hand-numbered CDs! If you want one, order it soon. We have more coming, but they will not be numbered. When we do run out of the limited ones, you should still be able to get a copy at these local Seattle record stores: Jigsaw Records, Sonic Boom, Easy Street, Everyday Music, Fat Cat Records, Georgetown Records and Silver Platters.

There’s been a good response so far, including a listing in the KEXP new releases blog!

A really detailed and thoughtful video review is up at Dan’s Tunes.

We have a track on the Ball of Wax Quarterly #55, and while we weren’t available to play the supporting show some of us will be in the audience. All proceeds go to RAICES for this border-themed comp.

Brazil’s The Blog That Celebrates Itself was kind enough to ask us to do a track-by-track of the EP, so check that out if you’d like to know more about the EP. Here’s a rough translation of his intro:

The Seattle quartet of Gary, Julie, Rian and Charlie – or, Guest Directors for the intimate – is a classic guitar band at its core.

Dissonances, reverberations, poetry, noise, melody, everything properly balanced and embedded symmetrically and perfectly dosed.

Following the tradition of people like Throwing Muses, Dinosaur Jr., Swervedriver among others, the Guest Directors have been writing their story in stride. From the first EP “These Beautiful Things” of 2016, to last year’s powerful “Captured in The Light”, until, perhaps, its most intense moment, with the birth of the third EP, “Dream the Currents” released just over a week ago.

Intensive guitars, melodic basses, serving as the conducting wire for Julie to release her voice in intense and seductive performances, with the exception of “Where You Belong” where the voices are Gary’s.

The EP is linearly perfect, but perhaps the moment of greater grandeur is with the superb “Minor Mendings”, with an intrinsic rhythmic tangle evoking the great moments of Tanya Donelly and Kristin Hersh, with even more abrasive touches.

A highly unique work that, like the great records deserves to be meticulously detailed, the Guest Directors at the request of TBTCI reveal the secrets of “Dream the Currents” track to track.

Play, Grow, and Dig Deep in the World of Guest Directors

New EP available now + release show tonight!

Our latest release is available now!

Tonight we’re celebrating with our friends Loose Wing, These People Here, and Spinster at the LoFi – details here.

Give a listen below, and you can buy on Bandcamp, iTunes, or Amazon. You can also add to your playlists on Spotify or Soundcloud.

Early listen to our next single

Here’s a snippet of the next song we’re releasing from “Dream the Currents“. You can hear the whole 6+ minutes of it on Friday on Bandcamp, SoundCloud or YouTube. Enjoy!