“Hieroglyphs” comes from the upcoming third album by Portland quintet Sea Caves. The album was originally written to be sung by the founding member Shiloh Halsey, who handed off the vocals to new member Sydney Rohrs when she joined the band. Rohrs’ voice, a little reminiscent of the late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan, adds a gorgeous gloss to the group’s wistful song.
According to Halsey, the song has been in the works since 2015. “[Hieroglyphs] … explores the rediscovery of your own existence, however dark that may be, after leaving a person and place you used to call home. It’s about accepting that someone who used to be a deep part of your life may now be more like a stranger, someone far away on the other side of a deep divide. It’s the realization that you have to find your own warmth, your own furnace to keep you going.”
Sea Caves release “Across the Water” on Nov. 15 and play the next night at Bunk Bar. They’ll also be at Holocene on Jan. 9.