CRISTOBAL AND THE SEA
– SHARE NEW TRACK ‘FISH EYE’
– ANNOUNCE NEW LONDON SHOW
– DEBUT ALBUM ‘SUGAR NOW’ DUE OCT 2ND VIA CITY SLANG
After recently announcing news of their debut album, London based cross-European group Cristobal and the Sea share new single ‘Fish Eye’ from the record forthcoming record.
‘Sugar Now’ is set for release 2nd October via City Slang and the band will play a headline London show at Birthdays on the the release day. On top of this, Cristobal and the Sea are set to play a handful of European dates later this year.
On their new track ‘Fish Eye’, the band flit between the mysterious & playful sides of their bohemian sound. With charming, chant-like vocals, Cristobal and the Sea tell a story of times ‘around a lake with a girl I know’, offering an invitation to teleport away with them & their shimmery, bossa-nova pop sounds.
The ongoing dispute over explorer Cristobal Columbus’ nationality shows some country disputes will stay unresolved, but others are born to harmonise, in the case of Cristobal And The Sea. The London-based union of Alejandro ‘Ale’ Romero (bass, vocals, Spain), João Seixas (guitar, vocals, Portgual), Leïla Seguin (flute, vocals, Corsica/France) and Joshua Oldershaw (drums, UK) harnesses an altogether fluid, rhythmic and exquisitely melodic energy as colourful and evocative as their band name, forged from different strands of DNA, primarily bossa-nova, Afro-pop and Western folk and rock, but even here it’s varied, as much Animal Collective as it is Arthur Lee’s Love.
This European concoction was first tasted on Cristobal and the Sea’s five-track EP debut ‘Peach Bells’ in December 2014, and now it’s their equally stunning forthcoming debut album ‘Sugar Now’.
Seeking a location to inspire them, and chasing the sun as well, the band and producer Rusty Santos (Animal Collective, Owen Pallett) decamped to Lisbon for the album, which allowed ‘Sugar Now’ to come from a new place. “We’d previously used a lot of effects on our instruments, but when Rusty saw us rehearse, he said not to use any” João recalls. “It meant we had to play in a different way, which made things a bit funkier, and we liked it enough not to put the effects back! So the album is more stripped down and open-ended.”
The lyrics (mostly by João) mirror the music’s dynamic – dreamy, ecstatic and only occasionally melancholic. “It’s about the day-to-day experiences that people have, sometimes fun and sometimes cathartic,” says João. It’s not a dark record, but it has little twinges…” As João says, “It’s about a bunch of people asking for sugar! Everybody needs some sugar in their lives.”
At their own shows, or the recent support for Jose Gonzalez, Cristobal And The Sea have dished out the sugar, and received a lot back from audience and reviews alike. For some, life is sweet…
Charismatic, charming & beautifully boho, here’s a band embracing life as only the young & carefree know how!
See Cristobal And The Sea live:
28th Aug – Pop Kultur @ Berghain, Berlin, DE
4th Sept – Electric Picnic, Laois IRE
11th Sept – Green Man ‘Courtyard’ Beer & Cider Festival, London UK
12th Sept – Coconut Festival, Saintes FR
19th Sept – Incubate Festival, Tilburg NL
26th Sep – Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, DE
2nd Oct – Birthdays, London UK (Tickets)
‘Sugar Now’ tracklist:
- Counting Smiles
- Sunset of our Troubles
- Fish Eye
- Bear Paws
- Happy Living Things
- Legs Gone Feathers
- New Carlton House
- Mary Ann