04 September, 2015

[LISTEN] Bad Sea - I'd Want U

Bad Sea are Ciara Thompson and Alan Farrell. Having won fans in IAI favourites Bombay Bicycle Club, the pair look set to follow in the footsteps of critical darlings Rae Morris and Lucy Rose. This is music that strides smoothly and confidently between a diverse influence of country, dream pop and 60s jangle while maintaining its own sparse aesthetic. Thompson's distinctive and emotive voice is typically buoyed by graceful, measured guitar rising occasionally to an arresting and affecting rapture. Their work to date speaks of a band who are as at home with neat, intelligent pop songwriting as they are with the pain that provoked it, perfectly embodied by songs like the poignant, off-kilter 'Comes to Blood' and first single 'I'd Want U' (embedded below). As the band themselves explain, 'this is what it means to be a banger merchant.'