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INTERVIEW: Late Sea

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Not too shabby. Were preparing for all the releases ahed.

Can you talk to us more about your latest cover “Sound of Silence”?

We used to perform this song live- it was more heavy on synths and beats. When Yoav and myself decided to record it, we tried to go back from the electronic arrangement to a more live instruments based recordings. The song features some Brazilian percussion joe (Joe Peri, the drummer) plays alongside the drums and electronic beats. Sam’s (Sam Nester, trumpet player) trumpet solo is really my favorite part.

From all the songs out there – why did you choose to cover this one in particular?

The text of the song is what captured me. Paul simon has an incredible way of telling meaningful and emotional stories a light way. I feel that this song manages to deal with political and social issues without being too heavy or obvious.

The single comes off your new album The Writer’s Trilogy – what’s the story behind the title?

The writers Trilogy is a music-film fantasy based on 3 writers I love- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Frantz Kafka and Paul Clean. Each track/short film is dedicated to one of them. One is directly based on a character in their work and the two others are more of a general homage.

How was the recording and writing process?

Usually I write the songs and the basic arrangement, and bring them to Sam (trumpet) and Joe (drums) to record some ideas over them. Then we go to Yoav (our producer) and tidy up the arrangement and record everything properly.

In this project we worked in parallel to the music on the video component which made the process very intense.

What was it like to work with Yoav Shemesh and how did that relationship develop?

I know Yoav from the time we lived in Jerusalem and went to the Jerusalem Academy of  Music together. Since then we’ve worked together quite a bit. He has a very good ear and he’s extremely well versed in many genres.

How much did he get to influence the album?

He has a huge influence. He gives tons of mojo and imagination to the music and gets the tracks focused.

So is this some sort of concept album?

Something like that. We call it an Audio Visual Fantasy.

What led you to put a record like this?

The idea was to create a project that was not just a song or a series of songs but to find a new way to release the material. We came up with the idea to combine film and music. Not so much like a music video but more like an abstract avant-rock opera or something. We ended up calling it an audio visual fantasy. We were lucky to win the Kevin Spacey Foundation award which help us material this idea.

What aspects of God did you get to explore on this album?

Im not sure I would call it God, but the project deals with somewhat obscure sides of life. Andrey (the film maker) likes thinking about religions from a social view point and I’ve always been fond of religious symbolism and the magic and mystery that surrounds old traditions. In a way the writers in the project have all dressed the absence of god in the modern world.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Anything from writers like Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave to cereal ads.

Any plans to hit the road?

We have two great shows coming up at House of Yes in Brooklyn (7.19 and 9.27) where we play live with cult films. Its quite amazing. That aside, we really want Radiohead to invite us to open for them. Can you reach out to them?

What else is happening next in Late Sea’s world?

Not too much, I guess.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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