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Tidelands flies drone through California Redwoods for “Old Mill Park” video

Thomas Bellflower April 22, 2015

Song is title track from SF-based duo’s latest.


Called “multilayered confection of smart pop” by NPR-affiliate KQED, new EP features contributions from John Vanderslice.


Tidelands: Gabriel Leis, Mie Araki.

Photo credit: Elliot Jaramillo.

“A multilayered confection of smart pop.” – KQED (NPR)


“Refreshing, stimulating, and likely to induce daydreaming.” – My Old Kentucky Blog

See the video for the title track from the latest Tidelands EP “Old Mill Park” now via Groundsounds or at the link below!




“I had an idea for a drone to fly the route from Cascade Falls to the Old Mill,” says Gabriel Leis of San Francisco-based duo Tidelands of the concept for “Old Mill Park,” the title track and first music video from the new Tidelands EP, out now.  “The director, Elliot Jaramillo, had just gotten into drone photography,” Leis says.  Ultimately, Jaramillo perfectly captured the feeling Leis had in mind.


“It’s an homage to a special place where I have childhood memories,” Leis says. “The majesty of the redwood forests of Northern California, and the feeling of nostalgia for a time that is lost to youth. It’s an actual place in Mill Valley where I spent part of my childhood, a magical place with a creek that runs down a small canyon to a classic three-tiered swimming hole, and then under the skeleton of the original old mill that the town was named for.”


Comprised of guitarist and vocalist Leis and drummer Mie Araki, Tidelands is a duo by circumstance instead of design. Teaming up amid the ashes of a previous band, the pair started using loops to fill out its sound.


“That created a sound of its own, and directed my songwriting for the first couple years of the band,” says Leis. “This time, I wanted to write and record songs that would stand on their own with just an acoustic guitar and my voice.”  On the new EP, basic guitars, upright bass, drum, and vocal tracks were all recorded live in the studio as full takes. Only later did the band “get all Tidelands” with the songs, building them up with strings (once again collaborating with the Magik*Magik Orchestra), keys, horns and harmonies.


The release of “Old Mill Park” was preceded by the single “Dog Named Bart,” which includes vocal contributions from John Vanderslice and frequent Tidelands collaborator Debbie Neigher.


“I gotta give a shout out to JV for altering the phrasing and delivery of the vocals that we all sung together,” acknowledges Leis of Vanderslice’s essential contributions.  “Old Mill Park,” the new EP by Tidelands, is out now.





Hear “Dog Named Bart” from the new Tidelands EP “Old Mill Park” via The Bay Bridged or the links below!











“Old Mill Park” EP

(Redgummy Records – Out Now)




Track Listing:


  1. Old Mill Park (VIDEO)
  2. Dog Named Bart (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
  3. Four Strings and a Wooden Box
  4. Hole in the Ceiling
  5. Brown Eyes
  6. Low Roller






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