CRISTOBAL AND THE SEA
– Share new single & video “Steal My Phone“
– Album ‘Exitoca‘ due Sept 22nd via City Slang
– Announce UK tour dates for this Sept!
With their new album ‘Exitoca‘ (a proposed evacuation to the recent mires of Brexit) due Sept 22nd via City Slang,Cristobal and the Sea are sharing another slice of their colourful musical style with new single “Steal My Phone”from the record.
The “Steal My Phone” video was filmed in boxing gym in London and directed by Elliott Arndt and produced by Léa Morel & Laure Massé at Pelican. In the words of the band “We decided to release some tension. We also fancied a little dancing, a little homage to all those cheesy 90’s MTV videos we all grew up watching. Unfortunately, it just came to proof that none of the boys on the band can dance. Leila was stellar, though.”
The album-title is a reference to the genre known as Exotica, which represented the escapist dreams of a generation of American salary-men and housewives in the 50s and 60s. Their desire was to move to an uncomplicated Pacific paradise; something that captured their own creative needs rather than the actual physical environment they found themselves in. Cristobal and the Sea‘s ‘Exitoca’ is the attempt to free that dreamer movement from the grips of it’s privileged background and reclaim it for those who need it most now.
For Cristobal and the Sea, expatriates from Portugal, Spain, France, Egypt & USA, now based in London, the idea of Exotica is more than just an escapist plot to avoid workaday drollery; it is a proposed evacuation from the toxic mires of Brexit; the very notion that threatens the place they now call home. Their current political situation endangers access to their very art and lifestyle, which is commonly the pressure required for musicians to produce great work.
‘Exitoca’ espouses Cristobal and the Sea‘s principle tenet: they call everyone to embrace mystical otherness and accept the virtues of foreignness.
This philosophy is narrated no greater than between the words and music of ‘Goat Flokk’ where longing, searching lyrics are mixed with both Brazilian Tropicalia-like speed and rhythm with a healthy Syrian-pop breakdown. The fusion of sounds and styles proves that harmony is very much possible when cultures are mixed.
Cristobal and the Sea‘s Balearic roots are inseparable from their essence. The bossa anthem ‘Uma Voz’ is a reach out to everyone in their situation, a passionate and all-encompassing hand to everyone facing the same nationless situation. If only Theresa May’s quote “If you think you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere” were sifted through a Buddhist filter, it would be the kernel of wisdom. Oh well, Socrates said, “I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world” and the band invites you to decide whom you would trust more.
Cristobal and the Sea are:
Joao Seixas- Vocals, Guitar
Leila Seguin- Vocals, Flute
Alejandro Romero- Vocals, Bass
Elliott Arndt- Vocals, Percussion, Keyboard
Youssef Ibrahim – Drums
03.09 UK Liverpool Get Loud in the Libraries*
04.09 UK Glasgow Stereo*
05.09 UK Barrow Get Loud in the Libraries*
06.09 UK London Heaven*
01.11 LUX Luxemburg De Gudde Wellen
02.11 CH Lucerne Schuur 200 20 CHF
06.11 DE Berlin Badehaus
07.11 DE Hamburg Nochtwache
08.11 NL Amsterdam Paradiso
10.11 FR Paris Pop Up Du Label
17.11 UK London Moth Club
* – supporting Sinkane
2. Goat Flokk (video)
3. Totem Tennis
4. Steal My Phone (video)
5. Father and Producer
6. Salsa Dude
7. The Seed
10. The Leaf Isn’t Turning Red
11. Before Nine
12. Uma Voz
13. Sa Ou Che
14. Take A Look At My Mind