Geowulf today share ‘Saltwater for Strings’, a reworked version of their debut single ‘Saltwater.’ Reimagined with an ethereal elegance courtesy of London-based instrumentalists Pêtr Aleksänder, ‘Saltwater for Strings’ follows the ongoing success of the original track which currently has more than 12 million Spotify streams (and climbing!)
Speaking about the track, Geowulf say: “Pêtr Aleksänder is made up of two really incredible instrumentalists from London who we’ve been lucky enough to get to know over the last few years. We feel super honoured they revisited Saltwater and made it a creation of their own.”
Geowulf are Star Kendrick (vocals) and Toma Banjanin (guitar/vocals) – two childhood friends from Australia’s Sunshine Coast and who since their inception have been split between various geographical locations – Toma in London and Star in Sweden, Berlin or back home in Australia while trying to make her way back to London on a permanent basis
Having earwormed their way into tastemakers’ hearts in 2016 with the original version of ‘Saltwater’, the track currently soundtracks a national-running Corona ad in North America and shows little sign of slowing in terms of streaming.
The duo’s debut album Great Big Blue was released in 2017, an elegant selection of tracks that cruise through glittering guitar lines and melodies as soft as sand, calling to mind the poise of Lana Del Rey, and the ethereal beauty of Mazzy Star. Critics say Great Big Blue is the perfect mix of blissed out, beach-y pop – the aural equivalent of driving along the coast on a heavenly summer’s day – and melancholy, heartbroken lyrics. The title itself encapsulates that polarity, as well as the idea of Star’s constant coming-and-going, flying across the great big blue of one ocean or another each time.
Just like Great Big Blue’s laidback feel, Geowulf are very easygoing when it comes to their ambitions for the future. The main thing on their mind is getting the chance to tour as much as they can. “It feels like you’re only doing half the job when you’re just recording,” Star sighs. With a full live band in place (comprised of guitarist Shaun Paterson, keyboardist David Isaacs and drummer Oscar Robinson), 2018 will see Geowulf’s two halves become whole.
‘Saltwater for Strings’ is available now via 37 Adventures.
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