Secret Beach Takes Us to the November Sky
by Kimberly Shires
Secret Beach will have released their new single “November Sky” on November 15. Click here to listen on Spotify. “November Sky” is meant to evoke the feeling of sitting on a beach under the stars with friends as a campfire slowly dies out while the music still plays until everyone falls asleep under the November Sky. Secret Beach achieves this mood with soaring strings, a steady primal drumbeat, delicate piano riffs, intimate vocals, and vivid imagery in the lyrics. Ben (pianist) and Sarah (singer/guitarist) finished writing this song at 11:58pm on November 30th 2018, barely making it “November Sky”.
Recording “November Sky” was also an adventure. The band’s recording studio suddenly became unavailable so the band rigged a full studio in Ben’s bedroom. The weather that day was a scorcher and each band member took turns sweating through their shirts in the dark insulated room playing along to a click track. The band told us, “It was actually an incredibly fun bonding experience and made the recording turn out more soulful and powerful. The combination of heat and darkness helped transport us to the imagined setting of the song, and we felt every rhythm and word. We literally put sweat (no tears yet) into this song and the result is worth it!”
Secret beach is looking to record two new songs soon. The first is a powerful song about loss and perseverance called “Azul Y Tu”. This dual lingual song in Spanish and English was co-written with Stephanie Hernandez. The second song is called “Breathe in Green”. This song is serene but has a solid energy about living in the hustle of the city, yet having a peaceful place to go in your mind when the city gets overwhelming. The band is currently searching for a good local studio to partner with to record this track. Hint hint.
Kimberly Shires is a native of the DC Metropolitan area. Kimberly is a freelance writer, music degree holder, road bike warrior, songwriter, corporate ladder climber, and a Subaru driving nature enthusiast.