Cristobal and the Sea are launching their debut album, ‘Sugar Now’, with a headline London show at Birthdays on 2 October 2015.
With a name inspired by the ongoing dispute over explorer Cristobal Columbus’ nationality, the four-piece band comprises members from across Europe: Spaniard Alejandro ‘Ale’ Romero (bass, vocals), Portugal’s João Seixas (guitar, vocals), Leïla Seguin (flute, vocals) from Corsica/France and UK-native Joshua Oldershaw (drums). Together, they’ve created a sound as diverse as their personal backgrounds, fusing bossa-nova, Afro-pop, and Western folk and rock.
Their first full-length release on City Slang follows December 2014’s five-track EP ‘Peach Bells’ and was recorded in Lisbon with producer Rusty Santos (Animal Collective, Owen Pallett).
The London-based band found inspiration in their new surroundings for the songs on ‘Sugar Now’.
“We’d previously used a lot of effects on our instruments, but when Rusty saw us rehearse, he said not to use any,” Seixas recalls. “It meant we had to play in a different way, which made things a bit funkier, and we liked it enough not to put the effects back. So the album is more stripped down and open-ended.”
The lyrics are as dreamy, ecstatic, and occasionally melancholic as the music.
“It’s about the day-to-day experiences that people have, sometimes fun and sometimes cathartic,” explains Seixas, the group’s chief lyricist. “It’s not a dark record, but it has little twinges.”
Having supported the likes of Jose Gonzalez, Cristobal And The Sea are following their Birthdays show with a series of UK dates in November with This Is The Kit, including a return to the capital on 25 November 2015 at Scala.
Tickets to the Cristobal and the Sea show at Birthdays on 2 October 2015 are available here.