The Sea, The Sea is the new single by Ben Calvert & The Swifts. It’s a haunted, wintry tale of estrangement and loss inspired by the Iris Murdoch novel of the same name. With pared-down instrumentation of vocals and guitar, it’s a return to a brass-tacks approach for Ben where the emphasis is on the craft of the song.
Having played his last show at Union Chapel in November 2013, Ben took a year-long month hiatus to write. The Sea, The Sea is the first of a series of releases planned for the next twelve months.
The single was self-recorded and self-produced by Ben in his home studio and was mastered by Pete Maher. (Paul Weller, Damien Rice, Beady Eye)
“This ghostly single makes a beautiful introduction. If you like Bon Iver, Midlake or Fleet Foxes then this was made for you.”
Available exclusively on iTunes here:
The Sea, The Sea – Single – Ben Calvert & The Swifts
The video to The Sea, The Sea draws on the gothic styling of the film Nosferatu and aspects of The Blair Witch Project.
Ben returns to playing live with a home town show on Saturday 20th December at Ort, Birmingham. The facebook event is here:
Buzzard Lope, Gill Sandell, Ben Calvert & The Swifts
While making experimental theatre at Dartington College of Arts, Ben picked up a guitar and started writing songs immediately. Influenced by British folk and US Psychedelia, audiences and reviewers alike have been charmed by his understated lo-fi post-folk sound that has melodic, narrative, songwriting at the core.
“Finely crafted songwriting” Metro
“Resurrects the mad ghosts of Nico and Nick Drake” Virtual Festivals
Reviews of the album Festive Road:
‘Introspective and often melancholic vocals offer the perfect picture window to redeeming an era of sound from the likes of Nick Drake. Ben’s voice has a quirky edge that is reminiscent of a male Vashti Bunyan. The orchestral sounding magic rests with his band who have a rich full sound. Folk music served up with a splash of dark psychedelia.”
**** Folk Radio UK
‘Gentle, lilting lyrics stir up echoes of Belle and Sebastian. The lo-fi production adds a charming intimacy.’
For Folk’s Sake
‘Captures gritty scenarios and balls them up into tunes of semi-surreal indie-folk.’
(Since February 28th, 2011)