June 21, 2017
Donning Bermudas and espadrilles, land-locked reissue label Numero Group are singing in the summer with a new compilation of blue-eyed yacht rock from the coastal fringes of ’70s America.
Drifting in on the languid sea breeze, Seafaring Strangers: Private Yacht is the result of many years collecting and acquiring at Numero HQ, who capture the essence of the release with typical concision:
“With pop music’s volume knob adjusted for deflation in the early ’70s, softness begat smoothness. Crewmen arrived from the worlds of jazz, folk, rock, and soul, all peddling a product that was sincere, leisurely, and lofty. A sound that was buoyant, crisp, defined. Sometimes classified as West Coast—and, later, Yacht Rock—the compass points of our Private Yacht expedition are the blue-eyed harmonies of Hall and Oates, the cocaine-dusted Fender Rhodes of Michael McDonald, and the combover strums of James Taylor.”