Music

Sea Cycles - 'Ground & Air' (album stream) (Premiere)

Ground & Air is a reflective summer soundtrack where post-rock instrumentation meets the synth-pop aesthetic.

The Jacksonville, Florida band Sea Cycles is an interesting case as far as music that's been called "synth-pop" goes. Whereas the regular practitioners of that style typically place vocals at the center -- albeit usually through a gamut of vocal processors and effects -- this quartet's music is primarily instrumental, evoking the stylistics of post-rock. Both "Your Mind is a Sundial" and "Fiber Optic Cables To Antarctica" are close sonic kin to the music of Mogwai, the former sounding like a potential B-side to 2001's Rock Action. Introspective in disposition and pensive in mood, Ground & Air is an instrumental set that conjures up vivid mental landscapes, as the best instrumental music is in wont to do.

Sea Cycles says to PopMatters about their new album: “Since the beginning of our band, our music has really been themed around connectivity. Especially the subconscious kind. For this album, we focused on the idea of global connectivity. The idea that with all the new communication technology in the world, the earth has grown a nervous system. Literally, not figuratively. It’s hard to see it from our perspective as being one cell on the planet, but we are on a living organism, and humans are building a nervous system. When a terror attack happens in Nigeria, and people on the other side of the world are in hysteria and mourning within hours, that’s a global nervous system working effectively. Our system transfers emotions as quickly as it does data.”



Ground & Air is out on 9 June via Other People.

Upcoming Sea Cycles tour dates:

6/19 -- Mansfield, OH @ Relax, It's Just Coffee

6/21 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Peoples Warehouse

6/22 -- Richmond, VA @ Houdan House

6/24 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Kings County Saloon

6/25 -- Portsmouth, NH @ The Red Door

6/26 -- Worcester, MA @ Distant Castle

6/27 -- Montreal, QC @ Turbohaus

6/28 -- Toronto, ON @ The Smiling Buddah

6/30 -- Grand Rapids, MI @ The Quad

7/01 -- Kalamazoo, IN @ No Fun House

7/02 -- Chicago, IL @ The Abbey

7/03 -- Urbana, IL @ Audiofeed

7/04 -- Dayton, OH @ Blind Bobs

7/05 -- Columbus, OH @ Brothers Drake

Music


Books


Film


Recent
Music

Learning to Take a Picture: An Interview With Inara George

Inara George is unafraid to explore life's more difficult and tender moments. Discussion of her latest music, The Youth of Angst, leads to stories of working with Van Dyke Parks and getting David Lee Roth's musical approval.

Music

Country Westerns Bask in an Unparalleled Sound and Energy on Their Debut

Country Westerns are intent on rejecting assumptions about a band from Nashville while basking in an unparalleled sound and energy.

Film

Rediscovering Japanese Director Tomu Uchida

A world-class filmmaker of diverse styles, we take a look at Tomu Uchida's very different Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji and The Mad Fox.

Music

The Charlatans' 'Between 10th and 11th' Gets a Deluxe Edition

Not even a "deluxe" version of Between 10th and 11th from the Charlatans can quite set the record straight about the maligned-but-brilliant 1992 sophomore album.

Reviews

'High Cotton' Is Culturally Astute and Progressive

Kristie Robin Johnson's collection of essays in High Cotton dismantle linear thinking with shrewdness and empathy.

Reviews

Lianne La Havas Is Reborn After a Long Layoff

British soul artist Lianne La Havas rediscovers herself on her self-titled new album. It's a mesmerizing mix of spirituality and sensuality.

Reviews

PC Nackt Deconstructs the Classics with 'Plunderphonia'

PC Nackt kicks off a unique series of recordings dedicated to creating new music by "plundering" unexpected historical sources such as classical piano pieces or chamber orchestra music.

Music

Counterbalance 24: The Doors - 'The Doors'

Before you slip into unconsciousness, Counterbalance has put together a few thoughts on the Doors' 1967 debut album. It's number 24 on the Big List.

Reading Pandemics

Parable Pandemics: Octavia E. Butler and Racialized Labor

Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower, informed by a deep understanding of the intersectionality of dying ecologies, disease, and structural racism, exposes the ways capitalism's insatiable hunger for profit eclipses humanitarian responses to pandemics.

Television

'Tiger King' and the Post-Truth Culture War

Tiger King -- released during and dominating the streaming-in-lockdown era -- exemplifies in real-time the feedback loop between entertainment and ideology.

Music

GOD's 'God IV - Revelation' Is a Towering Feat of Theologically-Tinged Prog Metal (album stream)

GOD's God IV - Revelation is beautiful and brutal in equal measure. It's a masterful series of compositions. Hear it in full today before tomorrow's release.

Books

Ivy Mix's 'Spirits of Latin America' Evokes the Ancestors

A common thread unites Ivy Mix's engaging Spirits of Latin America; "the chaotic intermixture between indigenous and European traditions" is still an inextricable facet of life for everyone who inhabits the "New World".

Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews

Features
Collapse Expand Features
PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.