I have a special place in my heart for bands from upstate New York and the indie folk-pop duo, The Sea The Sea is no exception. Mira Stanley and Chuck E. Costa formed The Sea The Sea in the fall of 2011 and naturally combined their voices and musical talent to create lyrically-driven songs with an aesthetically pleasing sound. Five years later, they have released an album, played hundreds of shows and continue to experiment with their music. On Wednesday night, The Sea The Sea, joined by Devon Sproule, previewed their new EP, “In the Altogether,” at Rockwood Music Hall.
Devon Sproule, a folk singer from Virginia, began the evening singing sweet ballads reminiscent of childhood and the feeling of growing up. Devon, usually a solo musician, was delighted to be accompanied by a simple band set-up of drums, a bass and extra vocals provided by the members of The Sea The Sea. Devon spent the majority of her set with her acoustic guitar in hand singing songs that blossomed from her heart. On the last song of her set, Devon abandoned her guitar and sang acapella, keeping the beat by snapping her fingers and tapping her feet. Devon puts a lot of passion behind the stories she tells thorough song and the music she plays.
The Sea The Sea charmed the audience with their rich harmonies and their heartening knack for storytelling. The Sea The Sea opened their set with one of their more well known, faith-driven songs, “Love We Are Love.” They were joined onstage by the same drummer and bass player who accompanied Devon, giving them an enveloping sound. Upon playing their first song, you can catch the sweet chemistry that exists between these musicians.
The Sea The Sea, currently on tour promoting their new EP, played new songs including, “In the Altogether,” which was released to the public last week. Aside from their heart-warming voices, one of the many impressive things about The Sea The Sea is the wide range of musical talent they exhibited throughout the show by playing different instruments on each song.
Towards the end of the show, Mira announced that one of the bands favorite things to do was to go out into the audience and sing a couple of songs with them. The band, plus Devon Sproule, made their way onto the dimly lit floor and played two songs in an intimate circle of the performers and their fans. The Sea The Sea ended their set with Mira and Chuck on stage singing a short but sweet song that left the audience cheering for more.
The Sea The Sea’s new EP, “In the Altogether” is now available for preorder and will be released on February 26th.
Article: Jenna Petrone