The third full-length from Deep Sea Diver, “Impossible Weight” is a work of sublime highs and mesmerizing lows, its restless intensity both unsettling and transcendent. For bandleader Jessica Dobson, the album’s sonic and emotional expanse stems from a period of sometimes-brutal self-examination—a process that began not long after the Seattle-based four-piece finished touring for their acclaimed sophomore effort “Secrets”.
“We went into the studio pretty quickly after the tour ended, and I sort of hit a wall where I was feeling very detached from making music, and unable to find joy in it,” said the vocalist/multi-instrumentalist, whose bandmates include her husband Peter Mansen (drums), Garrett Gue (bass), and Elliot Jackson (guitar, synth).
For Dobson, redefining the limits of her artistry goes hand-in-hand with certain identity issues she faced during the making of “Impossible Weight”. “I was adopted and just recently met my birth mother and found out that I’m half-Mexican and half-Jewish,” she said. “Discovering my heritage and learning things about myself that I never knew before really fed into that question of ‘Where do I belong?’” Dobson restored the sense of possibility she felt in first embarking on her music career, which included landing a deal at Atlantic Records at the age of 19. With the release of “Impossible Weight”, Dobson hopes that others might reclaim a similar sense of freedom in their emotional lives.
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