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Proof of British Sea Power

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I came to British Sea Power in the most roundabout way possible in that I encountered an obscure documentary accidentally, the result of one of those curiosity clicks of the Internet age.  I noticed a mention of a film, From the Sea to the Land Beyond, and I tried to load it; it wouldn’t for some reason.  I scanned the info section, while the whirly circle continued to exclaim that the film was loading, and noted that the soundtrack was by British Sea Power.  I assumed it was a crew put together purposely for the film.  I searched up the soundtrack and loved it, after having given up on the whirly circle.

There were elements of Brian Eno and that ilk and I was expecting their work to all be of that flavour, having spent some days with the album as a sort of background, ambient piece.  My next download of theirs is also from 2013, Machineries of Joy.  Now, as one used to “Heroines of the Cliff,” “Red Rock Riviera,” and “Docklands Renewed,” I was surprised by what I heard on Machineries of Joy. And, as disparate as they are, they are both fine albums, very unalike, fraternal twins—one with punk overtones and the other quiet and mysterious. In fact I feel like I discovered two bands at once.

If you are not into ambient music, go immediately to Machineries of Joy—it’s a great album by a great group.  And if you are more into ambient, try to watch that documentary, From the Sea to the Land Beyond—I hear it’s good.



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