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City of Sand

by Garrett Pierce

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    With the purchase of the vinyl, you will also receive a special download code for Garrett Pierce's cover of Joy Divisions "Twenty Four Hours" track, exclusively available only through the vinyl digital download.

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City of Sand 03:14
Home 02:58
Why Oh Why? 02:18
Statue Song 04:05
Santa Anita 03:57


Check out Garrett Pierce's cover of Joy Division's "Twenty Four Hours', which is an exclusive track only available through purchasing the "City of Sand" vinyl!

Garrett Pierce pens songs that peek into that same dark, yet optimistic place that Henry Miller and Leonard Cohen tapped into. His voice seems to soar alongside acoustic ballads or dirgey rock songs with the emotional confidence of someone who has found his path after years of yearning.

Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, Garrett spent the last decade in the Bay Area where he delivered two full-length albums on Crossbill Records. The first, Like A Moth, was culled from stripped down sessions in basements, closets and the occasional studio. His second record, All Masks, was musically and technically more accomplished. Featuring lush strings, and cast of over ten musicians, it showcased his talents as both a composer and lyricist.

There is no doubt that Garrett is special among the newer generation of
songwriters. His dedication toward his craft, and his confessional storytelling, make him among the great young talents in the Northern California right now. His new record, City of Sand, will be released November 20th on Narnack Records, and it’s his most concise and striking work to date.

City of Sand was recorded with the help of producer/musician Eric Ruud, Tim Wright, and others in the January hills of Bennett Valley, a small wooded hamlet just up from Santa Rosa, CA. There is a confidence and calm that occurs in the record that can only have happened in such a place. The greens of those winter mountains helped Garrett and his team assemble songs that perfectly encapsulate the stories that flow through City of Sand. Stories that were inspired by Garrett’s real life experiences in the jungles of Guatemala, the streets of San Francisco, and the unending fields of California’s flatlands. There will always be juxtaposition in Garrett’s work that balances between the sweet and soaring melodic world and his stark biting lyrical commentary. There is purpose to this formula. He wants to draw you in with a radio-friendly tune, but challenge you with lyrics that explore that shadowy, hidden side of yourself.

City of Sand accomplishes that very goal. The album begins with the catchy number “Everybody Breaks,” a song that bends pop melody into something very different. The album then evolves through several genres from alt-country, straight-forward rock, and back to minimal folk ballads. We end with a man searching for a lost love after he’s taken a plane to the other side of the world.

A sojourn from your daily grind, City of Sand is an album that deserves to be devoured whole - lyrics in hand.


released November 20, 2012


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Garrett Pierce Los Angeles, California

This is a bio. Garrett grew up in LA, lives up in northern CA. Listen to Lion & Lioness.
The cover art was photographed in Greece after seeing a Nick Cave Show. It reminds me of Neil Young’s On The Beach. No one knew this great record until The Strokes barely sold any tickets at UC Davis(Garrett studied there).
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