Adding to the plethora of new music I’ve heard recently, I’m thrilled to have discovered one of Australia’s seemingly best-kept secrets The Sea Thieves.
Originally a duo, the band was born from the songs and hearts of Zac Coligan and his wife Naomi Thompson who for many years performed as Eiderdown. It appears that they are now an 8-piece band & They Will Run [iTunes], the band’s impressive sophomore release, will be released Friday by Australian label Big Rig Records.
How the band describes themselves:
The Sea Thieves sound is infused with the strains of the musical saw, the pluck of the ukulele and vintage nylon strung guitars. Weaving amongst it all are crackling optigan samples and the dead notes of ruined pianos.
The album is cooing and pitch perfect, fueled by heartfelt songwriting and well-produced recordings full of nuances and layers. Fans of Fleet Foxes, The Decemberists, Mumford & Sons and other indie folk acts are going to find themselves immediately drawn into this collection, from which both of these songs are pulled — “Focus The Stars” and “Starting At The End”.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Each of the songs on They Will Run is imbued with an uncommon purity and sincerity, crafted like a tiny symphony of old-timey and ambient sounds, native rhythms, acoustic guitars, haunting pianos and violins played with elegant phrasing and timing.
Perfectly balanced, melodic, gorgeous and never obtrusive, They Will Run is a magical album which appeared out of nowhere & one that I hope will bring The Sea Thieves deserved accolades and attention. It is a rare, accomplished recording that exudes confidence and spirit.