Sea Oleena, “Paths”

Lindsay Hood

By Lindsay Hood

on 09.15.14 in Listen to This

I came to know Sea Oleena as the singer who turned Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” into a haunting tune before Beyoncé pulled the same move herself. After self-releasing two EPs, Oleena’s first full-length album will be available later this month.

The second single “Paths” builds its layers gently, invoking the same feeling you might have upon waking up from a good night’s rest. (I can’t help but compare to the imaginative, childhood musings of Julianna Barwick’s The Magic Place, and that’s a compliment.)

And yet, there’s darker undertones at play in “Paths.” The persistent guitar line starts to take on a cutting edge as Oleena begins to sing and repeat, “This is the path I need to cross.” She is found wanting, she is searching. But she’s determined.

Shallow will be released on September 30 via Lefse Records.