On Feb 25th The Mariner’s Children will be releasing their stunning new Sycamore EP. We’re very excited to be able to give you a listen to a new song from it, In My Bed.
You can pre-order the EP now at www.brokensoundmusic.com/shop.htm
The EP launch will be at The Lexington in London on March 18th (tickets available at here), and the band will be on tour supporting Willy Mason.
Following on from their critically acclaimed New Moore Island EP, 7-piece band The Mariner’s Children return with a new work, Sycamore EP, as devastating and as poignantly beautiful as their last. Hinging on the themes of love and death, songwriter Benedict Rubinstein explores the relationships between these experiences and how both can distort logic.
“Sycamore came from a period when I’d gone to a lot of funerals in a very short space of time. I was thinking about death a lot but I was also in quite a good place in my life and very much in love, so felt quite able to write about the most terrifying thing from a pretty contented place. It’s not a happy song – it’s about everything ending and nature and time conquering all and there being nothing you can do about it but work to accept it – but it didn’t come from a place of despair. The track is about death, but it’s definitely a love song.”
The Mariner’s Children include members of Peggy Sue, Laura Marling, Sons of Noel and Adrian, Alessi’s Ark, and Eyes & No Eyes. Drawing inspiration from Chris Taylor’s (Grizzly Bear) approach to production, Angels of Light, and Pentangle amongst others, their music has at the same time all the immense instrumentation of Arcade Fire and the subtlety of the likes of Iron & Wine and Bonnie Prince Billy. Songs drift from sparse, delicate understatement to thunderous intensity in the blink of an eye. Lyrically, Benedict Rubinstein creates incredible confessional tales, often with an underlying darkness. “I’ve no wish to die, I’ve no wish to leave your side, but if I go before you then heed these words of mine- let my flesh feed the sycamore tree, in its arms you can climb if you ever feel you’re missing me.”
Sycamore was produced and recorded by Ian Grimble (The Manic Street Preachers, Beth Orton, Communion, etc) at two different studios – Rockfield (a converted stable), and 2khz (a converted church).
THE MARINER’S CHILDREN SUPPORT TOUR WITH WILLY MASON
The Mariner’s Children will be touring the UK in March with another favourite of ours, Willy Mason. Catch them at the dates below.
03.03.2013 – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
04.03.2013 – Phoenix, Exeter
05.03.2013 – Glee Club, Cardiff
07.03.2013 – Koko, London
08.03.2013 – The Wardrobe, Leeds
09.03.2013 – Gateshead Old Town Hall, Newcastle
10.03.2013 – Oran Mor, Glasgow
12.03.2013 – The Kazimier, Liverpool
13.03.2013 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
14.03.2013 – Whelans, Dublin
15.03.2013 – Limelight, Belfast
18.03.2013 – The Lexington, London (EP launch without Willy Mason) TICKETS