Alex Brown Church’s songs as Sea Wolf unfold like dog-eared photographs come to life, his pastoral imagery (and equally lush arrangements) not only carrying the weight of nostalgia but the sense that by articulating it his protagonists can somehow free themselves of the burden. So it is with “Old Friend,” the new single from Sea Wolf’s forthcoming album “Old World Romance” (out Sept. 11 on Dangerbird). The album, written upon Church’s return to California after time spent living in Montreal while his girlfriend attended school, is Sea Wolf’s third. “This record is about a lot of things, but some of it is about coming home after being away and facing the realities of one’s life, and life in general,” he says. “Things you may have run away from, and things you are ready to embrace.” The album was made in Church’s home studio, with collaborators keyboardist Lisa Fendelander, drummer Joey Ficken, bassist Ted Liscinski and multi-instrumentalist Zac Rae.
||| Live: Sea Wolf plays Thursday at the Constellation Room in O.C. and Friday at the Skirball Center as part of “Into The Night: Playtime.” Both shows are with San Francisco’s Georgrapher.