Song Premiere : “The Silver Ship” by Divining Rod

From the artist : “I came up with The Silver Ship when I was at the lowest point in my career as a brand spanking new father. I thought I was pretty well prepared but after a short while I found myself severely sleep deprived and feeling lost and isolated. I felt alone and dejected. Luckily, the song came fully formed in my addled subconscious and took about 5 minutes to write out. I’m quite proud of it. My kid remarked that she wasn’t sure how she felt that a song of sheer desperation was inspired, in part, by her.

After a while, I began to realize that there are so many new (and not so new) parents feeling just as disjointed as me. It made me feel slightly less alone in this big, mess of a life.” – Miyuki Furtado

“When people say ‘I only like one kind of music’, I think that’s a load of horse manure,” says Miyuki Furtado, singer and songwriter of New York based-band Divining Rod. “You’re always able to grow; if you don’t grow, that’s sad. You become stagnated. I don’t want to do that.”

Furtado grew up in Hawaii, where country, reggae, and hip-hop were hugely popular at the time, shaping his tastes and defining his style in the early aughts of his life. Now, he has become a musical omnivore, growing constantly in his palate and searching for new inspirations in unusual places, refusing to stagnate.

Titled Return to Crystal Cove, Divining Rod’s new LP sees Furtado and bandmate Patrick Harmon fashioning something truly unique, stuffing a grab bag full of influences ranging from Merle Haggard to Sonic Youth into a journey through moments both significant and insignificant in Furtado’s life.

However, new single Silver Ship focuses on parenthood. Furtado – who describes his parenting style at any given moment as “barely escaping disaster” – fondly discusses his fatherhood through the lens of learning to accept the way your life permanently changes when you have a child. Beneath tip-toeing beats and crooning vocals, “Silver Ship” mourns the isolation of parenthood, discussing loneliness and desperation and the jolting realization that even though parenthood never ends, it’s also something from which you will never stop learning and growing. In other words: it has the power to keep you from stagnating.