City Slang is extremely excited to announce the signing of London-based Cristobal And The Sea; a proper European union of a band, if there ever was one. The quartet hail from four corners of our diverse continent. 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).
Within this melting pot of dreamy tropicalia there are notes of their southern Mediterranean culture and a Brazilian bossa nova feel in João’s guitar style, all underpinned by a beat-generation vibe that seeps into all their songs. All perfectly captured on this debut by Brooklyn producer, Rusty Santos (Animal Collective, Vashti Bunyan, Grizzy Bear). More after the jump, but first, listen to "My Love (Ay Ay Ay)"
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 release ‘Peach Bells EP’ will be released as limited editiuon vinyl on Dec 8th through City Slang and today we reveal the first track to be taken from it, ‘My Love’. 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.”
Ale, João & Leïla all met at Loughborough University whilst studying architecture, philosophy and international studies respectively. Occasional jamming quickly turned into writing songs and before long they turned one of their two halls of residence rooms into a music studio and spent every free hour jamming, writing, recording (with the cheapest, most readily available equipment, resorting to a £7 Skype microphone for vocals), and developing their very unique style and sound.
When they set up house in London at the end of 2013 they met like-minded drummer Josh through a mutual friend and the band was complete.
Fresh out of the studio with producer, Rusty Santos this July, their debut EP ‘Peach Bells EP’ will be released on a one-sided vinyl 12“ in early December. Recorded over the course of a week in London’s Strongroom Studios, most of the instrumentation was captured in just one or two live takes to preserve the spontaneity & unaffected air that makes their music so rousing & individual.
Young, enormously gifted, beautifully boho, very charismatic and incredibly laid back, Cristobal And The Sea are devouring life as only the young and carefree know how. Time to listen up!
On September 11th EMA released bonus track “False Flag” which she describes as her “lost generation take on 9/11" on New Hive. Following up that important track, she has put together a 34 page multi-media zine Back To The Void. This zine “demonstrates how it feels to go from being relatively unknown to having a larger online presence, and how it feels when your online self slips out of your control.”
“At the tail end of 2011, in the middle of winter, I had a disturbing psychedelic experience where I became convinced that there was a Neuromancer inside of my brain,” says EMA.
“One of the things that unmoored me most was slowly losing control of my self-image. I started out taking most of my own press photos and creating a great deal of the imagery associated with my record…And then somewhere along the line things began to slip…Magazines wanted exclusive photos…I became self-conscious. I wore more makeup. I put a hand on my hip. I parted my lips ever so slightly…While there is something undeniably pleasing about seeing a beautiful image of yourself, overall I felt ashamed…I’d even seen it happen to many of the female artists who I had idolized as a teen. They started out grubby and raw and became increasingly polished. It can happen to anyone. I just fucking hated when it started happening to me.”
Take in Back Into The Void here.