The Secret Beach is the moniker used by bedroom folk artist Micah Erenberg, who’s refreshingly plainspoken candor has become a dominant through-line in the singer/songwriters ever-expanding catalog. His upcoming offering, Songs From The Secret Beach, finds beauty in the mundanity of daily life. Produced by Erenberg, and mixed by revered producer/engineer Rob Schnapf (Kurt Vile, Beck, Cass Mccombs), this collection is at once an exercise in restraint, as well as an arrestingly lush exploration of sonic possibility.
Erenberg’s brand of unabashed lyrical honesty, and vulnerable talk-like delivery has earned admiration from audiences across North America and Europe.
Of his process, Erenberg states, "A lot of music inherently mimics other music. It’s impossible not to be inspired and shaped by the music you hear, so I try to draw my inspiration from non-musical things; physical experiences, conversations, feelings, sensations, and inner reflections.” This exercise is clearly displayed on the track "God Is," where Erenberg offers Lennon-esq narratives of the co-existence of god and man in raw glamor-less situations. Similarly, on the title track, Erenberg delivers a juxtaposition between a blissfully playful arrangement, and a whimsically disguised commentary on the fragility of human existence. This is commonplace for the singer-songwriter, who seamlessly maneuvers between carefree melodicism and heavy subject matter.
The wisdom of this record exists between the cracks. There is a nuance that could easily be overlooked. However, Songs From The Secret Beach takes a courageous and uninhibited stab at honesty, and it may be the best kept secret you discover this year.