Numero Group unveil new private press yacht rock compilation Seafaring Strangers

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Blue-eyed soul.

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.

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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.”

Pressed to double vinyl, the 20-track collection is out now and available to pre-order in the UK here and US here.