Sequoya | Sleep and Dream of Fire

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Sleep and Dream of Fire

by Sequoya

A Durham duo that's mean and lean just like its raspy-throated, foot-stomper called "Weary". Sequoya seeks solace in minimal guitars, banjo and purely burning vocals. -Independent weekly
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1. Rocket
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2. My Father
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3. Weary
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4. Insofar
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5. Satellite
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6. This Time
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7. In Exit
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8. How Closely
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9. The Cosmonaut\'s Wife
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10. Barren The Sea
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11. Remember
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Sequoya’s third album, Sleep and Dream of Fire, is a thoughtful mix of folk storytelling, rock and introspection. A heavily space themed record including stories about abandoned rocket ships, a lonely cosmonaut’s wife and satellites in orbit.


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Lou Varveris

One of the best albums of the decade
This is simply one of the best albums of the decade. It is great American folk music, sometimes hard driving, sometimes soft, but always melodic and thoughtful, with a haunting female lead vocal. The music grabs you, and you can listen to the music without paying attention to a single lyric, but those lyrics will gently sink in, and draw you in, and when you’re in, you realize the lyrics are quite fantastic, the subject matter unique, elevating this music to amongst the best stuff being made today. Singing from the viewpoint of the wife of a cosmonaut! Or a satellite in the first person, with analogies to a relationship. Or about a rocket that loves ‘to get back in the sky’, but always falls to the ground, to ‘the dismay of the scientists’. The song Barren the Sea, about the guys who died on the Russian submarine in the Barrents Sea several years ago, due to politics, will effect you; leave you there thinking about the sadness of it all, and you’ll put it on again. And it goes on and on; every song on this album is one that you’ll play over and over and over again. I have hundreds of albums in my record collection, and this one goes into the top five, with the classic albums from Dylan, Springsteen, Zeppelin, Aimee Mann, Mazzy Star, etc.

Billie Mann

Ethereal, beautifully written and sung
I\'ve been listening to \"Sleep and Dream of Fire\" every day since I received my copy. It grows on me more with each listen. I love all the songs, but my favorite tracks are \"Weary\", \"My Father\", \"Satellite\" and \"Insofar\".

Four years in the making, \"Sleep and Dream of Fire\" has been well worth the much-anticipated release. The songs are thoughtful, beautifully written, and Bonnie\'s clear, ethereal voice lends an otherworldly feel to her music. Matt\'s banjo accompaniment adds another dimension, and the addition of soft drum parts lends even more depth and movement. \"Sleep and Dream of Fire\" showcases the combined talents of Sequoya perfectly.

Snozzberry

Confessional, but not navel gazing
Conventional thoughts about confessional songwriters, especially those of the female variety, are that they are fragile souls, sharing their diary entries with the world; of introspective folks who can't for un-named reasons get out of their own heads long enough to relate to the larger world, or to some extent their listeners.
Although Sleep and Dream of Fire was self recorded (and self released) in Bonnie and Matt's Durham, NC living room, their vision is not limited to themselves, or that living room.
Bonnie (main writer), writes of rockets, satellites, a lonely wife, dying sailors, and an errant father. Although these songs stray from the usual subject matter of modern pop songs and from the experiences of the writer and performers, never seem to be experiences foreign to Bonnie and Matt because of the empathetic and sensitive performances they give on each song. They pull you into the song, and you understand.
If you like Wye Oak and Bon Iver, you'll like Sequoya; Bonnie and Matt certainly deserve similar media attention and devotion.

Kathi Johnson

Heartfelt and full of longing
This is such a good album! By turns haunting, inspiring, and warm, Sequoya turns in an intimate portrait of human growth with a laser eye on relationships in particular, both of the romantic and family kinds. The rebuke of "My Father" rings true, the emotion bald and unflinching. "This Time" is stately and stern, conveying strength and personal growth with a minimum of words. It's tied for my favorite song on the album with "Insofar", which is a catchy f-off song in the best possible way. If you like melodic mostly-acoustic music with beautiful natural vocals, then give this a listen -- odds are you'll love it.

Dawn Dineen

Love This Record!
I love this record! Sequoya hails from a thickly vibrant arts scene in the Durham/Chapel Hill area and without a doubt this record delivers on that scene\'s reputation. Main songwriter Bonnie Pivacek\'s lyrics are thoughtful and intelligent, weaving subtle themes of space and sea travel that conjure captivating emotional landscapes. The musicianship is wonderful, Bonnie\'s voice is clear and sentient, her guitar playing fluid. Matthew\'s melodic bass lines and tasty rock-banjo are the perfect compliment to Bonnie\'s writing and arrangements. BIG kudos to Bonnie for recording and mixing the whole record on her own too! This is a great record - a must addition to any music lover\'s collection.