The Sea & I return with a new EP – ‘The Great I Am’ EP is released on March 10th, and was once again produced by Paul Frith and Irwin Sparkes. The EP was mixed in Crouch End by Ian Grimble (Seasick Steve, Alessi’s Ark, The Staves) and features the London Chamber Brass. An EP launch will take place at The Lexington in London on March 10th with Communion Records.
Built around the central core of Paul Frith, Irwin Sparkes, Bernie Gardner and Naomi Hammerton, The Sea & I are augmented with anything from brass to strings to choirs as occasion demands.
Live, The Sea & I reinterpret their recordings according to where they are and who they’re with. The first such performance was in St. Leonard’s Church in East London and featured a 50-piece choir. The next was at London’s Old St Pancras Church and featured a 10-piece brass band. Each gig has featured light installations from the band’s in-house lighting designer Josh Carr. There is a tangible sense of spectacle and grandness with no two shows the same.
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All four musicians have been in bands before and found the usual experience uninspiring – hence the unusual venues, fluctuating line-ups and ever-changing instrumentation.
In the words of Irwin Sparkes they “Found common ground and built a bloody great house on it.”
‘The Great I Am’ EP Track-listing:
1. The Great I Am
2. The Island
3. The Legend of Bass Reeves
4. The Spectator