Tuesday, December 8, 2009
SEABEAR ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF SOPHOMORE ALBUM, WE BUILT A FIRE, ON MORR MUSIC
Icelandic 7-piece Seabear has announced the release of their anticipated sophomore album, We Built a Fire, in March 2010 on Morr Music. The band will be making their US touring debut behind the album's release, as well as performing several shows and parties at this year's SXSW.
Defying its humble beginnings as the lo-fi solo project of Icelandic singer/multi-instrumentalist Sindri Már Sigfússon, Seabear has morphed into a rambling experimental/indie/folk septet. Sigfússon (also known as Sin Fang Bous - dubbed the "Icelandic Beck" by David Fricke of Rolling Stone on his recent US tour with Múm) was joined by the rest of the band for the making of We Built A Fire, the followup to their debut, 2007's The Ghost That Carried Us Away. Despite scant promotion and airplay behind their debut, Seabear's instantly-familiar songs and animated videos were a social media hit, selling over 20,000 records, generating millions of plays, and appearing in hit television shows such as "Gossip Girl."
All seven members of the band had equal input in the writing process for We Built A Fire this time around, thereby creating Seabear's first real collective album. The album was recorded in the band's basement studio with its apple carton covered walls - a very Icelandic DIY setup. All artwork and videos are also hand made by Sindri's partner and bandmate Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir.
We Built A Fire will be released alongside the 6-song While The Fire Dies EP. A limited edition 7''+T-Shirt-package will be available this Christmas.
"Seabear sounds like nothing you want to keep to yourself (...) rolling out hushed, percolating songs about dreamless sleep and punching holes in the sun. The tunes are no less intimate than their bedroom origins." - Paste Magazine
"Sindri Már Sigfússon - The Icelandic Beck" - Rolling Stone, David Fricke
"...whimsical, rustically psychedelic...." - New York Times, Jon Pareles
"'The Ghost That Carries Us Away' is a delicate, fragile collection of acoustic indie-pop gems (...). Think Sufjan Stevens meets an unplugged Arcade Fire and you'll be somewhere near the mark." - Clash Magazine/UK
"Sigfússon's voice is the main focus, soft, cool, unstrained." - BLURT
Posted: 12/08/2009 01:45:00 PM