Barcelona’s Seward share new video for “Life” – Album out now on Naim Records

June 9, 2016


  Barcelona’s Seward share new
video for “Life”
Album out now on Naim Records

When you hear a band with something different about them, something unique, that rare and precious quality, the shock of the new, you just know.

Barcelona’s Seward are extraordinary.  A four-piece that don’t go in for typical song structures, that captivate one minute with a heart-tugging melody, before collapsing into thrilling noise the next.  They ascend from delicate acoustic beauty to dissonant chaos, from atmospheric samples to scrunching wreckage.  Pablo plays synths, effects and guitar, Adriano sings, Jordi plays bass and Juan is on drums but the band use banjos, wind-up toys, samples, whatever comes to hand to realise their incandescent vision.

Their third album, Second Two: Chapter Home and first for Naim Records (home of the Mercury Prize-nominated Eska) is a stunning work of art.  A record to get lost in. These are unconventional, original songs that ditch the tired verse-chorus-verse structure but trigger the same addiction cravings that the best pop music can.

Following on from their video for the track, “Sweet Kick” the band have shared another video for “Life.”

Read what Seward say about the single, “We found all these frames, cuts and memories stuck in a box. We put them together with our eyes closed and, magically, they all worked perfectly into the song. They belong to a ten days tour we made back in 2012: One show in SXSW, two at Canadian Music Week and three days at The Echo Lab Studio in Texas, recording raw versions of This Amount and Question Marks with Matt Pence. Those days were so intense and not because we drove on many roads. At the same time and many miles away, important things changed in our personal lives and everything changed radically. The band got better staying together, even in the distance, and it became stronger like a family. Oh, Life… What a great name for a video that means that much for us.”

In places Seward evoke Radiohead, in others, Tom Waits or Godspeed You Black Emperor.  There are echoes of Jeff Buckley’s celestial vox and the transcendence of Arcade Fire or cult band,The Books. Hints of jazz, rumours of folk, Kosmische, post rock and touches of electronics.  But combined in such a dazzling, inventive way: uncontrived, thrillingly alive.

Seward are your new favourite group.  And they’re about to begin their most momentous chapter yet.  Time to turn the page and make your own discovery.

Second Two: Chapter Home is out now on Naim Records.

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