Friday, December 8, 2017

The Sea Within: New Project ft Gildenlow, Minnemnann, Stolt

Project release date of the yet untitled debut album from The Sea Within is Spring 2018 as the writeup there/shared below.

New project or "Super Group" of sorts that includes Daniel Gildenlow from Pain of Salvation, Roine Stolt and Jonas Reingold from The Flower Kings, Marco Minneman (Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats among many others), Tom Brislin (Yes, Renaissance, Spiraling)..

I will certainly check this album out, but with a little bit of caution per Daniel Gildenlow worked with The Flower Kings in the past and while it wasn't bad, it wasn't something I have returned to much, even among TFK's work.

I really hope this album doesn't sound much like The Flower Kings, but if it does, well, I won't be surprised. Why I am not highly anticipating it at this point. Maybe once a clip or 2 or single/video comes, my mind may change. I do hope Daniel does a lot of the lead vocals, which could make a different potentially for me.

The Sea Within – a new art-rock group formed by Roine Stolt (Transatlantic, The Flower Kings), Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation), Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, Karmakanic, The Tangent), Tom Brislin (Renaissance, Spiraling, Yes Symphonic, Deborah Harry) & Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson, UK, Joe Satriani) – have announced they will release their as-yet-untitled debut album in Spring 2018.

Roine Stolt comments on how the project came together: “I think all it started as a suggestion from the record company - putting together a new band, starting fresh, seeing if collective writing could spawn a unique style. Call it a supergroup if you want - I think we can handle that.”

The members recently entered Livingston Studios in London to begin recording the basic tracks, and found an instant chemistry in the way they worked together. “Going into the studio in London was taking a great risk as we had not been in the same room together beforehand.” Roine continues: “We had just sent demos around and didn’t really know if we could make great music together, but we managed to track almost 2 hours of new music, a mix of collective ideas. We also had a lot of great ‘off-time’, sharing laughs and stories in local pubs – that part is important.” 

Currently the members are putting the finishing touches on their debut album, and of the music’s direction Roine says: “There are elements of prog, pop, art-rock and many cinematic elements. I suppose the music comes from within our collective memories of all that we love as far as sounds, visions and poetry. We hope that discovering the music will be a journey for the open-minded fan - something as fresh and uncertain and unfolding as it is for us.”

The Sea Within has also announced their first confirmed live date, taking to the stage at Night of the Prog Festival 2018 at Loreley, Germany on the weekend of 13-15th July 2018 alongside Camel, Big Big Train, Riverside & more. Tickets are available now here: 

Drawing on their collective experience from across the rock and prog spectrum, The Sea Within sees them coming together to craft new music that sees them all leaving their respective comfort zones and challenging themselves.