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In the simplest terms, decker. is a singer/songwriter based in Sedona, Arizona. However, a more apt description would be musical mystic. He, himself, describes his sound as “psychedelic desert folk”, drawing inspiration directly from the vortexes of the red rock mountains and canyons where he resides—an area so widely renown for its cosmic energy that millions of spiritual travelers flock there every year in an attempt to harness its power. With a handful of self-released recordings to his name that have garnered praise from KEXP, Magnet Magazine and No Depression among others, decker. signed with revered independent label Royal Potato Family in 2017 to release a 10-song retrospective entitled ‘Into The Red.’ In 2018, he returns with a full-length collection of new material, ‘Born To Wake Up.’ Where previous albums have leaned darker in mood and content, this latest finds him maturing in his artistic viewpoint, offering glimpses of optimism and light across a range of songs like “Awake”, “Burnin Grass”, and “The Matador.” Glide Magazine recently wrote, “decker. is one of the country’s most criminally underrated songwriters.” With the release of ‘Born To Wake Up’, that is beginning to change.
Louder Oceans: Brandon Ficquette and Reed Schackmann came together in early 2015 to begin writing music together as an acoustic duo. As their music began to develop, it became clear that Ficquette’s ability to generate catchy riffs and intricate solos mixed with Schackmann’s diverse vocal range and songwriting abilities created a powerful dynamic. For the next two years, Ficquette and Schackmann spent their time honing their sound and experimenting with different iterations of cast members that would eventually be known as Louder Oceans. In 2017, the duo were finally joined by good friends Alejandro Quiroz and recent Portland, OR transplant Tom Andes to complete the powerhouse quartet. Together Andes and Quiroz provide the deep pocket and hard grooves that are the canvas that is layered with ambient guitar grooves and soaring vocals to create the eclectic and diverse sound of Louder Oceans.