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Albums Of The Week: Sea Power | Everything Was Forever

Casting the nationalistic baggge of their moniker overboard, the British rockers broaden their horizons & set sail for new shores on their first album in five years.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Sea Power’s much-anticipated new album Everything Was Forever is their first full length together in five years — and their first since announcing that they would be dropping the word “British” from their name.

In an explanatory article, the band wrote of their fascination for the elemental force of the sea and of their long-standing enthusiasm for the sea as a source of sustainable energy: “Removing the word British does NOT indicate any aversion to the British Isles whatsoever. We all feel immensely fortunate to have grown up in these islands. We love these lands — the physical beauty, our diversity, our people, our culture and much of our history. But now we are just Sea Power — staring out at the wonderful waves, a pastime this island nation understands more than most.”

The title for the Everything Was Forever album was inspired by Alexei Yurchak’s 2006 book Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation, a compelling overview of Russia as Glasnost and Perestroika ushered in amazing changes. For Sea Power, the phrase Everything Was Forever suggests both sonorous fatalism and an admonitory clarion call — act now regarding our planet or soon reach a state where action is impossible.

The album is perhaps the band’s most diverse, ranging from the meditative prettiness of Scaring At The Sky and Fire Escape In The Sea to the galvanising clarion call of Two Fingers, a track that has already sounded out powerfully from radio sets around the world. The album’s subject matter moves from fury and wonder at the whole wide world to a spectral memoir from a Lakeland childhood.

The latest single Transmitter was released in conjunction with the album. Guitarist Martin Noble comments: “The music came from an enduring love & addiction of Foggy Notion & Sister Ray by The Velvet Underground and our soundtracks. The end result is far from this, but everything morphs, falls apart and reforms as some new entity. I didn’t want any gloom or foreboding. Just indefatigable, uplifting & infectious spirit. Carry on regardless with a skip in your step.”

With Everything Was Forever, Sea Power have opened up a brand-new era for themselves, while holding onto all that has made them such a beloved fixture of U.K. music.”