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Seahorses

by Gordon Roqué

Elegant, heartfelt, piano-driven music that is an exploratory fusion of pop, classical, and jazz styles. Gordon Roqué conveys an intimate depth of feeling and a dynamic musicality to every note and cadence.
Genre: Pop: Piano
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1. The Boy In the Room
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2. Villain
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3. The Devil Prayed
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4. Up To You
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5. Pale Sunshine
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6. Shadows Dance
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7. Tears In Savannah
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8. Coral Sky
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9. Fear
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10. Mr. Stranger
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11. Confession
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"I've always wanted to make music that I could believe in, to convey a search for truth and share the hidden desires I've always felt. My songs carry with them the struggles and hopes that I have faced in my own life." --Gordon Roqué

If you ask Gordon Roqué what his musical background is, he'll be inclined to tell you that he learned music by sitting on a beach as a teenager for countless hours and thinking about life while staring out into the sea. As unusual as this might sound, it pretty much exemplifies who he is as a musician and a human being. There has always been a sense of exploration and discovery in his life and work.

Having grown up on a tropical island in the South Pacific called American Samoa, Roqué spent many years hearing the calming rhythms of crashing waves by his seaside home. He always took the time to commune with the endless blue ocean. It was his blank canvas--an infinite space for his imagination to grow. He often thought about the world beyond and underneath the blue, about the truths concealed just below the surface of things or the unknowns just beyond the horizon.

It was this desire for discovery that prompted him to teach himself to play the piano after only six-months of formal training when he was just seven years old. His musical education has been an endless succession of unearthing skills and abilities he did not know he had.

Life outside of music also presented other discoveries. Roqué would come face to face with hardships within his own family and with the joys and challenges that come with loving someone deeply. Roqué says that there have been battles hard-fought and wounds still healing.

This is all hugely apparent in the songs from Roque's debut album "Seahorses". From the uptempo bluesy-ness of "Villain" to the vintage music box feel of "Mr. Stranger" to the understated and string-laden "Tears In Savannah", an unfailing desire to explore multiple musical textures is quite evident. From an emotional and lyrical standpoint, there is the percussive anger in the fiery song "Fear", the sense of isolation in "The Boy In the Room", and the slightest glimmer of hope in the piano/cello ballad "Pale Sunshine". Roque's own tender, private losses are honestly shared.

With the ocean as his teacher and his life as his guide, Gordon Roqué forges an unconventional musical path. In his music, there are unfathomable depths just underneath a clear, smooth surface, a vision encompassing far more than the eyes can see.

© 2009 Gordon Roqué All Rights Reserved.


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PSBChris

Gordon unveils a well-crafted, beautiful album
For his debut album, Gordon Roque takes us on a journey of lost love, relationships, and everywhere in between. It is both melancholy and confessional. His vocals are meaningful and passionate, and his piano provides the perfect support.

The album starts with "The Boy In The Room" which immediately provides the mood for the album. Gordon's vocals are haunting as he sings, presumably about himself, with his beloved piano as his friend. Reminiscent of Antony & the Johnsons, you can feel the longing in his voice.

"Villain" has a blues quality. It is with song that Gordon brings in other instruments, which complement him and his vocals nicely.

"The Devil Prayed" has a nice country-pop bounciness. While the lyrics are serious, you can't help but sing along.

You can hear the appreciation in Gordon's voice in "Up To You". He's found himself, and you can recognize that in both lyric and music.

Can a sad love song exist? Perhaps in "Pale Sunshine". Sparse vocals and piano bring the mood into place. This continues with "Tears In Savannah". The band is brought back on "Coral Sky", which only support Gordon, without overwhelming. His voice holds steady and strong.

"Fear" is breathtaking. Not quite a ballad, it is melancholy and strong. The build-up is fantastic. Gordon has taken a stand. You can feel the strength in his music, lyrics, and voice. Absolutely a stand-out track.

"Mr. Stranger" is what happens if you mix Tori Amos with Rufus Wainwright. A song about anonymous sex, this track holds its own.

"Confession" is another beatiful track. Gordon finishes the album quietly and meaningfully. However, the real treat for me is the hidden gem, "Swirl". By far my favorite, this song is one I adore. A true album closer with Gordon's voice soft and subtle over the piano.

All in all, this is the album of a man who has experienced love, loss, and life, but has no fear. The strength to move forward. As a debut album, I think it is produced well. The album flows well and Gordon does an excellent job with vocals and music. His lyrics are both heartfelt and meaningful. Highly recommended.