Slow Dancing Society

Richland, USA

Galilee's Dream


Behind the Music

Before reading The Outlaw Ocean, I just saw the sea as a vast, mysterious, yet beautiful entity that covers the majority of our planet. Through reading Ian’s reporting and consuming the materials of this project, I’ve gained a much deeper understanding of what’s going on, what’s not being addressed and what we as a society should care about. Creating new music is always a challenge, and I often approach it by trying to color outside the lines and do whatever I want. Having a pre-existing source of inspiration like The Outlaw Ocean really gave me a sense of purpose and direction that helped guide the creative process.

The Outlaw Ocean Music Project is a unique collaboration, unlike anything before. Utilizing artists who have a vested interest in what they’re scoring and how to communicate that to listeners contributes to creating art that’s emotionally charged and evocative. Hopefully this music strikes a nerve with others as it has for me as an artist getting involved.


Slow Dancing Society
About Slow Dancing Society

A solo project of producer/musician Drew Sullivan, Slow Dancing Society is an ambient rock act affiliated with Australian label, Hidden Shoal Recordings. Based in Spokane, Washington, and influenced by Brian Eno as well as stadium rock, Sullivan made his full-length album debut as Slow Dancing Society with “The Sound of Lights When Dim” (2006). Released by Hidden Shoal Recordings, the album was followed by “The Slow and Steady Winter” (2007) and “Priest Lake Circa '88” (2008).

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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