Introducing: Sea Change

by DavidBeech
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on 05 January 2015 in Features
Release date February 23rd 2015

January might well traditionally be a time for shaking off your winter blues, but I'm willing to cling on to mine just a little longer if it means we'll have a month filled with releases like this. Ellen A. W. Sunde, otherwise known as Sea Change has seen her popularity steadily mount over the last 12 months, playing festivals across her native Norway, and further afield including last year's Great Escape in Brighton. With a penchant for icy, minimalist electronica and fragile vocals, much of her output is built around the scandi-pop aesthetics one might expect. That said, however, the insidious '80s influence that flows throughout is impossible to deny, and as such each individual track is as hauntingly stark and as unquestionably beautiful as her native country; the textured electronics and the glacial, understated basslines throughout the verses are expertly juxtaposed against harmonious uplifting choruses that drip with pop sensibility. It's dazzling stuff.

'Above' is the second single to be taken from Breakage, Sea Change's debut album, and it manages to encapsulate and epitomises the whole album in just three-and-a-half minutes. "Above is about wanting something and just not be able to see what's good for you.” explains Sunde “Wanting it more and more even though some part of you knows it will end badly. I think everyone has had a relationship like that...” And well they might have. Whilst the track's narrative harbours an almost-universal appeal, the inherent, underpinning darkness of the music is also a universal feeling, mirroring the lyricism perfectly. If 'Above' is anything to go by, then when Breakage drops next month, we have a lot to be excited about.


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