A lot of the music we feature on Folk Radio UK is found on the fringes where music evolves unhindered by the desire to appeal to mass market tastes. It’s this music that excites and makes running Folk Radio UK so enjoyable. One such newcomer that caught our ear and also a new signing to City Slang is Cristobal And The Sea, a London-based quartet who hail from across Europe. They are: Alejandro Romero from Spain (bass/vox), João Seixas from Portugal (guitar/vox), Leïla Séguin from Corsica/France (flute/vox) and Josh Oldershaw from old Blighty (drums).
Their debut EP release ‘Peach Bells’ will be released on Dec 8th through City Slang and My Love (Ay Ay Ay) is the first song to be revealed which is also our Song of the Day. Driving tropicalia rhythms blend beautifully with a southern Mediterranean spirit. It’s one of the first songs the band ever wrote, and in their words “about not knowing whether you should leave someone or stay with them… Being torn in that way.” This is stunningly brilliant!
From The Beach Boys’ vocal harmonies to Fleetwood Mac (if they’d have favoured LSD over their beloved cocaine), Gilberto Gil to Gainsbourg and a whole host of modern artists, Cristobal & The Sea have taken their varied inspirations and diverse cultural backgrounds & melded them into their own distinct sound, creating rich, warm & disorientating songs that swirl with psychedelia, but never forget the importance of melody.
Their debut EP ‘Peach Bells’ will be released on Dec 8th through City Slang. It was produced by Brooklyn based Rusty Santos (Animal Collective, Vashti Bunyan, Grizzy Bear).